Written by Alisa Mullins
Ho, ho, no! Looks like Santa's been indulging in a little too much eggnog:
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How does milk (and other animal products) contribute to impotence? The saturated fat and cholesterol in even so-called low-fat 1 or 2 percent milk (which are actually about 20 and 30 percent fat calories, respectively) clogs the arteries leading to all your organs, not just your heart. Milk is also loaded with female hormones, since cows are kept almost constantly pregnant on today's dairy factory farms. One Harvard University scientist estimates that cow's milk accounts for up to 80 percent of the estrogen in the average person's diet.
So if you want to keep Mrs. Claus happy, better make it soy or almond milk with those cookies on Christmas Eve. Otherwise, Rudolph might be the only one who gets up in the air this holiday season.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Here's some welcome news: Despite the barrage of deceptive dairy industry
propaganda, sales of cow's milk—already in free fall—have plummeted in the U.S. It seems that more and more consumers are getting the message that
dairy foods are as bad for
our health as they are for the well-being
To make sure the downward trend continues, PETA is
re-releasing its series of popular ads parodying the industry's "Got Milk?" campaign. Check them out:
1. On dairy factory farms, male calves are of no use in milk
production, so they are often taken away from their mothers when they are as young as 1 day old to be chained up in tiny stalls for weeks—terrified
and desperate for their mothers—and fed an inadequate milk substitute to make
them miserably anemic in order to produce the pale flesh most desired for veal.
2. Female cows don't fare much better: After having their sensitive horn tissue cut or burned away, most are forced into a vicious cycle of nearly continuous pregnancy, only to
have calf after calf taken away so that the milk they produce to nourish their
young can be consumed by humans instead. And, of course, once they stop
producing enough milk to be profitable, they are sent off to slaughter.
3. Cow's milk is intended for, well, baby cows, not baby
humans, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's not good for our kids, raising
their risk for a variety of
4. Adolescence is hard enough without dealing with blemishes. Take it from Woody Harrelson—to lose the pimples, lose the milk.
5. It's not just kids who have to worry about milk mucking up
their health—men have good
reason to dump dairy products, too.
6. Ugh. Would you drink a glass of water to which even one drop
of pus from a cow's infected udders had been added? No? Then why drink cow's milk?
What You Can Do
Steer clear (no cow pun intended) of cow's milk and other
dangerous dairy products. And since all foods from animals result from
suffering, the only way to be truly cruelty-free is to go vegan.
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, who's also the
mother of a child in the California public school system, has written to the administrator
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service asking
that the service pull all beef and cow's milk from school lunches after mad cow disease was discovered in an animal at a California rendering plant.
A group of parents who are "DAM MAD" (Dads Against
Meat and Mothers Against Dairy) also converged on the Sacramento headquarters
of the California Department of Food and Agriculture to urge it to protect
children by pulling meat and dairy products from school lunches.
What's truly mad is continuing to feed beef and cow's milk
to students, especially because "spent" cows, whose milk supply is exhausted by the dairy industry, are the primary concern
when it comes to mad cow disease and
are likely to end up as the kind of cheap ground beef that is fed to schoolchildren.
Given that the USDA has expanded its quarantine to a second
dairy farm, that it still has not located the infected cow's mother or siblings
(who may also have the disease), and that it doesn't even know what the California dairy industry is feeding its
cows (because that's considered a "trade secret"), the USDA must
stop risking our children's health and remove beef and cow's milk from school
cafeterias right away.
Tracy's letter and the demonstration by the DAM MAD parents coincided
with another PETA appeal to the USDA urging Secretary
Tom Vilsack to correct misleading statements that he made regarding the
detection of the disease—also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)—that created a false and dangerous sense of security by erroneously
claiming that the nation's human and animal food supply is safe.
In the letter to Vilsack, PETA points out that there is no way
to know how many other animals are infected with mad cow disease because only a
tiny fraction—about 0.1 percent of the nearly 34 million cows who are
slaughtered every year—are tested for BSE. It's also likely that milk from the
cow who tested positive entered the food chain, and contrary to the USDA's
assurances about the safety of milk, studies have already shown that another
form of the disease can be spread from mother to baby through milk.
Worried that tainted milk or meat may be on your child's
lunch tray? Don't wait for the USDA to act. Protect your kids (and yourself) by
packing healthy and humane vegan
lunches—and keep it up at breakfast, dinner, and snacktime, too!
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
It never hurts to
brush up on answers to questions about animal issues—even seasoned protesters can
get a stumper from passersby now and then. See if you know the answers to the
following five questions that often pop up in discussions about animal rights:
What's wrong with eggs and dairy products
from "free-range" animals? There
are no standards for what "free-range"
means, so animals on such farms may still spend most of their time in filthy,
crowded sheds. Cruel practices such as searing off hens' beaks with a hot blade
and relegating male calves to veal crates occur, and when the animals stop producing enough eggs
or milk, they are sent to the same slaughterhouses as factory-farmed animals.
If we don't test on animals, what
other methods are available? Computer
simulations, cell cultures, human cadavers, and clinical trials are just some
of the many options researchers can use instead of animal testing to obtain more accurate and
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What's wrong with wearing wool? In Australia—where most of the
world's merino wool comes from—sheep have been bred to have excessively wrinkled skin in order to
produce more wool. The wrinkles collect moisture, which attracts flies, so many
farmers resort to "mulesing," a gruesome and cruel procedure in which
huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs' backsides in a crude attempt
to prevent flystrike.
Should we put endangered animals
in zoos? Endangered
animals bred in zoos
are rarely released into the wild. Instead, they will spend their lives "warehoused"
in cramped enclosures that cannot come close to replicating their natural
habitats. As a result, many develop stereotypic behaviors such as pacing, rocking
from side to side, and self-mutilation. The only humane and effective way to combat
extinction is to protect animals' habitats.
What's wrong with using a choke
or prong collar on my dog? As
their names imply, choke
and prong collars inflict discomfort and pain, and they can severely injure dogs' necks and
throats. Far safer and more humane options are no-pull harnesses and halters
like the Easy Walk,
Halti, or even a standard figure-H harness. For cruelty-free dog-training tips, check
out celebrity dog trainer Tamar
Geller's video series for PETA.
Have another animal
rights question that you've always wondered about? Visit PETA's Frequently Asked Questions
Written by PETA
Arrested Development is coming back! Squeals of joy reportedly reverberated through the Twitterverse when the show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, announced that the series will return for a limited run, followed by a movie. We can't wait to see more of the lovely and compassionate Portia de Rossi and fuzzy funnyman David Cross.
And while we're talking man candy, check out what vegetarian UFC fighter Jon Fitch had to say about milk: “Milk and dairy is poison. It’s poison. There’s nothing good about it for you to put it in your body.” For Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, it was the plane crash that nearly took his life that made him want to adopt a healthy vegan diet. He told Rolling Stone: "I've been vegan since I got out of the hospital. It's another eye-opener."
The ladies aren't lagging behind in grabbing cruelty-free fare: Scarlett Johansson is into baking vegan breads, cakes, and muffins, and the WNBA's Taj McWilliams-Franklin said that dumping meat has helped her keep her weight down, recover from injuries faster, feel better, and have more energy.
It's Kathy Griffin's rescued dogs who make her feel like a million bucks barks. She told OK! magazine, "They offer unconditional love, and that's all they ask for in return."
Written by Michelle Sherrow
After the Sacramento Superior Court ordered the spin
doctors behind the blatantly false "Happy Cows" advertising campaign to hand over to PETA
thousands of pages of records they wrongfully claimed were "trade secrets,"
it became obvious why the agencies wanted to keep the documents under wraps.
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is required to ensure that the
California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) doesn’t make baseless (let alone
outlandish) marketing claims. However, even though the CDFA searched thousands
of records, it couldn't produce so much as a single page that substantiated the ad claims. The CDFA and the CMAB
have conspired for years to mislead consumers into thinking that dairy cows in
California are somehow spared the horrors of the abusive dairy factory-farming industry.
The documents also show that PETA’s campaign against the "Happy Cows"
led to the ads' demise, and the records support our claim that the CMAB's
newest propaganda, the "Family Farms" campaign, is just as tall a
tale. We are working to have those ads pulled and sent into the deep recesses
of the CMAB's archives of lies. The judge also ordered the CDFA to pay PETA's
attorneys' fees and costs over the wrongfully withheld documents.
Unless California's milk producers are all
auditioning for impostor spots
on To Tell the Truth, they need to learn the
difference between fact and fiction. You can avoid funding their lies by
throwing the support of your dairy dollars behind real cruelty-free milks like rice, soy, and almond
Written by Michelle
There is a cure for the summertime blues—an oscillating fan, a glass of lemonade, and a chilled bowl of Internet Soup:
As a nutrition and fitness expert for almost 80 years, Jack LaLanne dedicated his life to inspiring people to eat properly and exercise. So it's no wonder that the nonagenarian was still remarkably spry when he passed away on Sunday at the age of 96. For LaLanne, eating properly meant avoiding meat and milk. When questioned about his aversion to milk during an interview on Dateline NBC, the always jovial Jack said, "It's not good for you. It's good for a suckling calf. Are you a suckling calf?"
Among his many credits, the "godfather of fitness" authored many books on health and hosted the longest-running television exercise program in history, The Jack LaLanne Show, for 34 years. LaLanne opened many health clubs and designed much of the equipment used in gyms today. He is also known for his amazing feats of strength, such as swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco while handcuffed (vegan PETA Foundation staffer and endurance swimmer Becky Fenson has made the same trek—swimming the butterfly, no less—but admittedly handcuff-free), towing up to 70 boats long distances while handcuffed and shackled, and doing 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes. LaLanne set several world records for strength and endurance.
Jack LaLanne's feats brought him fame, but all he really wanted was to show people how to be healthy. If you would like to follow Jack's long-lived example, you can start by picking up PETA's free vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Two decades of dumping wastewater from Hilmar Cheese Co. onto surrounding fields has polluted the groundwater in Hilmar, California, according to a report by consultants hired by the company. Eighteen wells in and around Hilmar are so contaminated with nitrates, arsenic, barium, and salts that the water is undrinkable, forcing some people to abandon their homes.
One of the world's largest cheesemakers, Hilmar Cheese has a long history of objecting to pollution limits and enforcement actions proposed by the regional water quality control board, and despite thousands of violations over nearly 16 years, it never paid any fines. However, following an exposé by the The Sacramento Bee, the company settled in 2006, paying a $1 million fine and $1.8 million toward environmental studies. Hilmar Cheese is now under a state order to clean up waste discharges by February, but it has also won permission to increase the amount of wastewater that it dumps on fields.
Speaking of dairy-related pollution, a farmer in Berks County, Pennsylvania, had to be rescued after he fell into a 15-foot-deep manure pit earlier this week. I guess you could say he was having a crappy day—kind of like every day for cows on factory dairy farms.
And, this week's 10% Wool "Tag and Release" winner is ... Beth Ann! Congratulations.
Don't forget to check out the archive of past 10% Wool comic strips here. Get more information on the series and the writer here, and learn how to get Jeff's other comic, DeFlocked, into your local paper here.
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