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Here’s the Lowdown on Keeping Dairy Low Down on Shopping Lists

Written by PETA | December 13, 2012

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 of cows

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 childhood complaints

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

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  • stephanie says:

    What can an 11 month old drink if the Mom is not breast feeding. What is the closest thing to milk that is not super chemical and processed. Thanks for Suggestions.

  • Kirsty Leigh says:

    Why should we take joy in taking the milk intended for the cows’ calves, for the calves to then be locked away waiting to die for someone elses pleasure in eating them once slaughtered for veal! How dare we decide that its okay to use animals, to let the mothers watch as their babies are dragged away to then be butchered themselves!?! When vegan products are available and when meat products are proven to be significant in health related problems, why on earth is the world not filled with a vegan population!

  • Ted Fearnley says:

    I do not drink dairy milk. I use soy milk.

  • Evie says:

    Great ads!

  • RICHARD says:

    JUST YESTERDAY I HEARD A AD FOR MILK CLAIMING THAT IT GIVES YOU ENERGY .THAT IS NOT TRUE IT DOES HAVE CALORIES BUT YOUR BODY RUNS MOSTLY OF CARBOHYDRATES IF YOU ARE A ENDURANCE ATHLETE YOU DON’T DRINK MILK BEFORE A MARATHON YOU LOAD UP ON COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES TO PROVIDE FUEL FOR YOUR BODY . ALSO YOUR BRAIN RUNS ALMOST COMPLETELY FROM THE COMPLEX CARBS IN YOUR DIET… IF YOU DON’T BELIVE IT LOOK IT UP ITS A FACT!!!!!! SO IF YOU JUST WANT MORE ENERGY TO MAKE IT THROUGH YOUR DAY JUST THINK WHAT A DIET LIKE A ENDURANCE ATHLETE WILL DO FOR YOU AT THE OFFICE…. DITCH THE MILK CALORIES IT’S A WASTE!!!!

  • Evie says:

    Great ads