Wednesday, September 24, 2008

PETA: Use Breast Milk in Ice Cream

This is one of those stories we couldn't make up if we tried. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging Ben & Jerry's ice cream to replace the cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement released by a PETA spokesperson.

"PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves," the statement says.

Ben & Jerry's response? Classic. In a statement, the company said, "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."

PETA points out that using cow's milk for Ben & Jerry's ice cream is a hazard to their customer's health.

"Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer," the statement says. "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."

Read the full statement from PETA here.


Bridget said...

how about pushing for the use of hormone free, organic cow's milk (which I think B&J does now?)... not human bm... although, I do milk like a cow, I wonder how much they are paying for bm.... goodness knows we'll need a second job with the way the market is going. ;) j/k.

Cherie said...

Ok, I may be a bit of an extremist when it comes to breastfeeding, but really...breastmilk in Ben & Jerry's?!?!? That's just crazy.

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