September 24 2008

PETA Calls For Breast Milk To Replace Cow Milk In Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to see Ben & Jerry’s replace cow milk with human breast milk in their products.

According to a story on NBC 5 WPTZ’s website, PETA sent a letter to the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream after they heard of a restaurant in Switzerland that was switching to human breast milk in all of their recipes.  A Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson 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.”

While I also applaud ethical treatment of animals, I have never been a fan of PETA and their tatics.  You would be hard pressed to find a bigger animal lover than myself, to the point even have a hard time watching dogs being “hurt” or “killed” in a movie.  I don’t even like to entertain the thought of hurt animals, and I know full well that conditions could be better treated in farming situations, I also know that some of the things PETA protests have gone on since the dawn of time.  I may not thrill to some of the situations these animals are put in, but I also know I can only hope for the best due to scales of production.

This is an interesting idea, but I would like to see how PETA thinks a company the size of Ben & Jerry’s could ever find enough women willing to volunteer their breast milk to this.  I am sure they would be paid, but it is still a matter of finding enough pregnant women to provide the amount of milk this company requires to meet their demands. There is also the problem of medications and diseases being passed through breast milk, and with this country’s opposition to irradiation of food, I’m not quite sure how they would suggest those issues be handled.

Honestly I see this as just another headline grabbing ploy by PETA to get attention, knowing that there was zero chance of it being adopted by the well-known company.  I chalk this up with their never ending slew of naked celeberity ads about how they would rather bo bare than wear fur.  You know what I find funny about this?  When was the last time you saw PETA use anyone other than a good-looking female celeberity for those ads?  No men?  No average women?  Just “hot” women wear fur?  Really?  Huh… funny coincidence that.

Nice job PETA at posing another faux argument to grab attention.  I guess it worked.

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