Julia Styles was kidnapped as a toddler. Although her basic needs were met, her life was lonely and sad. She was kept locked in a tiny room and wasn’t allowed to do the normal things kids do like make friends, play outside or go to school.
Once Julia reached puberty, her life got worse. She was raped and got pregnant. When she had her baby, she felt immeasurable love for him. For two days she cared for her baby, but then her captors took him away from her. Despite her plea’s, Julia never saw her son again.
Not long after this, Julia was raped again. She had a second child who was also taken from her. Then within months, she was raped yet again. This happened many more times causing immense physical and emotional strain on Julia.
By the time she was 28, Julia looked like an old woman. The physical trauma of her poor living conditions and continual pregnancies left her worn and ill. She also had intensive foot problems and could hardly walk anymore.
Her captors knew that despite the hormones they had been giving her for years that Julia could no longer have children. She was of no use to them anymore, so they killed her.
This is a true story, but…
This is a true story, but you may not have heard about it because Julia is a cow. I used creative license to make her sound like a woman, but in essence the story is based on what life is like for the majority of cows that provide milk for human consumption.
Before watching the movie, Vegucated, I didn’t have a clue about how dairy cows lived. I think most of us are unaware which makes it easy for the dairy industry to get away with what they’re doing.
Photo courtesy of kmacdonald.