Boobs loose again in Vermont
September 30, 2008 • (0) Comments
How does that old playground joke go?
Q. What’s the difference between mothers’ milk and cows’ milk?
A. Mother’s milk is fresher, it’s more nutritious, and it comes in such cute containers.
Or so the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would have us believe, taking on Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream last week for that product’s reliance on bovine milk. PETA wants the company to replace the milk used in popular recipes like Wavy Gravy and Rocky Road with milk squeezed from, yup, boobs.
As reported by Vermont’s WPTZ.com Channel 5 news, PETA released a letter it sent to the company stating:
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 to17 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?
According to the website, a spokesperson for Ben & Jerry’s responded: “We applaud PETA’s novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother’s milk is best used for her child.”