Oregon mom Monica Van De Pitte reached a settlement with her former employer Velocitel after the cell phone company allegedly allowed employees to harass and even “moo” at Van De Pitte when she excused herself to pump breast milk. So PETA is aiming to support Van De Pitte and other breastfeeding moms by working to bring our holiday-themed pro-breastfeeding billboard to Lake Oswego, Oregon, where Velocitel is located:
Harassment of nursing mothers is nothing new. Cows on dairy farms are repeatedly impregnated and have their precious babies taken away from them, often within a day of being born. Mother cows are milked several times a day and are often drugged to make them produce up to four and a half times more milk than they normally would.
Breastfeeding is natural. Stealing milk from cows so that we can consume the milk that nature intended for calves is not. The best way to honor the meaning of the Christmas season is to love and nurture our own families and let all other animals do the same.