PETA Takes it Too Far

23 09 2008

It seems that more often than not, organizations that champion some cause or another end up shooting themselves in the proverbial foot by taking things just a little too far and losing all credibility with everyone but the most extreme. Add PETA to that list (if they didn’t already belong on there).

I’m all for treating animals humanely. I can understand PETA’s stance on fur. I can respect their stance on cosmetics testing. But never will I think that Ben and Jerry’s ought to be making Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia outta milk fresh from the human boob.

PETA sent this letter to Ben and Jerry’s:

September 23, 2008

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.

Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,

On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I’d like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry’s.

Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry’s replaced the cow’s milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.

Using cow’s milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer’s health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America’s leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow’s milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America’s number one cause of death.

Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.

And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can’t produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to 17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can’t even turn around.

The breast is best! Won’t you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow’s milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President”

And now, for some odd reason, I want to put on a fur coat and eat a steak.

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10 responses

23 09 2008
Queen of Planet Hotflash

Stupidity goes beyond all imagination sometimes
But won’t using breast milk take away from human babies just as using cows milk might take away from calves?
And from a farmers daughter…calves are well fed and not going without
I’m thinking while PETA has good intensions I’m sure, some people have wayyy too much time to think

11 10 2013
Wowzers

People Eating Tasty Animals: Uncompassionate losers for animals since 1980

23 09 2008
The Vinyl Villager

I agree! This part got me: “Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months.”
well…um…same for humans isnt it?

24 09 2008
MJ

I’m all for not wearing fur and not eating baby cow, but seriously? Breast milk? Ew. No.

24 09 2008
Woody

“The breast is best!” ROFL – I don’t think I could ever imagine a letter in which I would include that line, much less a letter sent from my place of business!!

24 09 2008
Janice

This is bizarre, PETA want to get their bumps felt, If I thought human milk went into icecream that would be the end of my icecream eating. What about HIV transfer or other stuff, Oh nooo no way.

24 09 2008
Jodi

Can I just say EWWWWWWWWWW…..oh yeah, and I don’t think Dr. Spock is “The leading authority on child care” any longer…maybe he was in the 60s…
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24 09 2008
Big Hair Envy

It’s NOT alright to milk cows, but it IS alright to milk women? You’ve GOT to be kidding me! I wonder how they propose to regulate the breast milk….

24 09 2008
The Vinyl Villager

Why wouldnt they just suggest soy milk or something?? They’re clearly nuts.

5 08 2012
Wowzers

Soy is the plant world’s answer to dairy, which means real vegans don’t eat soy or tofu.

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