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PETA’s Proposed Cow Empathy Museum: Good for Cows and the Community

Written by PETA | June 18, 2009
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Dean Foods is mooving out. It’s closing two of its PET Dairy plants—one in Portsmouth, Virginia, and another in Kingsport, Tennessee, which means that milk production at the facilities will slowly dry up over the next two months.

PETA wants to lease the Portsmouth facility (located just across the river from our headquarters in Norfolk) and turn it into a Cow Empathy Museum, which would enlighten visitors about how cows and their calves suffer on dairy farms. The museum would offer interactive displays so that visitors could be hooked up to a milking machine or crammed into a small crate to give them a taste of the dairy industry’s routine cruelty to animals. They’d also learn “cowlture” facts—for example, cows form social hierarchies within their herds, and many cows who have been separated from their calves will do anything they can to find their babies.

Once they are done learning about all the reasons that dairy is a downer, visitors could order soy ice cream treats and other tasty vegan foods in the Cow Empathy Restaurant. And everyone 12 years old or younger would receive a plush toy cow with a tag reading, “Cows Are Cool! Dump Dairy!”

Fingers crossed that the laid-off dairy employees will soon be toasting in celebration of their new jobs at the Cow Empathy Museum, with an ice-cold glass of Silk.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Brooks says:

    Very thoughtful idea plus employment for laid off workers.

  • Don says:

    peta should look into semen testing bulls now thats cruel

  • Sue says:

    Yes good idea but then encourage the humane treatment of cows. Letting them graze on grass outside in the sun. They will be happy and the milk healthier.

  • justin says:

    this is a great idea im sure the cows will love it they could put video in moooo language and have cows that tell there story. are you kidding please tell me so this would be so unproductive. and by the way hindus bath in cow urine im sure they will mention that. and cows are not cool i have 4 now three because our youngest was killed by its own mother trampled on. beacuse it was a different color. not kidding.

  • andi says:

    On the show “30 days” a hunter agreed to live with a vegan family to see if what they showed or told him would have any effect on the way he felt towards animals. Surprisingly the one thing that began to give the hunter a change of heart was seeing a dairy cow lying in the road outside the dairy farm who had just been dumped there to die. The hunter kept saying “That’s just wrong” and it was clearly very upsetting to him. There’s no such thing as “happy cows” on dairy farms. I hope PETA fulfills its dream of turning this facility into a Cow Empathy Museum!

  • Laura Hafer says:

    People have absolutely NO IDEA. Please make this work. Cows are cool!

  • Andrea says:

    I love this idea! I would make the trip from Charlotte to go see it!

  • Patrizia says:

    Wow this is great! I hope the plan can be carried out so that more people can be converted…

  • CAROLYN says:

    AWESOME IDEA! PEOPLE NEED TO SEE AND FEEL THE PAIN HUMANS INFLCIT ON THEIR “TASTY FOOD”. PEOPLE NEED TO CONNECT THE LIFE OF THE CREATURE BEFORE HE ORDERS IT FOR LUNCH! ANIMALS ARE LIVING BREATHING FEEELING THINKING AND CARING SOULS THAT WE SHOULD NOT TORTURE! KARMA ANYONE????

  • HEATHER KINCAID says:

    FANTASTIC IDEA!!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Make sure to accentuate that enlightened Hindus and Jains revere and love cows.

  • charlene keraly says:

    This is a fantastic idea. A great way to educate the public and increase awareness regarding the dairy industry! Thanks for your commitment to this cause.

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