An (un)pleasant childhood memory
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When I was young I watched a cow get artificially inseminated. What I remember is that the vet came to our house and put on a shoulder length black rubber glove. He lubricated his arm and then stuck it all the way up the cow’s butt. For some reason I can’t remember clearly past that point.
I’ve been somewhat bothered my by imperfect memory, so I’ve been trying to find a description of this process.
This sounds like it could be it:
In the rectovaginal technique a sterile, disposable catheter containing the thawed semen is inserted into the vagina and then guided into the cervix by means of a gloved hand in the rectum. The inseminating catheter is passed through the spiral folds of the cow’s cervix into the uterus. Part of the semen is deposited just inside the uterus and the remainder in the cervix as the catheter is withdrawn. Expulsion of the semen should be accomplished slowly and deliberately to avoid excessive sperm losses in the catheter.
[source: “Artificial Insemination in Dairy Cattle“]
A little more googling resulted in this video.
I’m not sure if this is one of the reasons I eventually adopted a vegan lifestyle, but it probably contributed.
This sort of thing happens to all dairy cows (small farm, large farm, organic, etc), every year, so that they can give birth and continue to produce milk. I guess there’s a little rape in every glass of milk, bite of cheese, or spoonful of yogurt.