After news dropped that a Seattle suburb city manager had slapped a ban on cheese products at city hall this week—in support of the Seattle Seahawks, who will battle the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the NFC Championship—PETA rushed a care package containing a basket of tasty vegan cheeses directly to the office. An enclosed letter from PETA explained how Bainbridge Island residents can rally for their team in the name of friendly rivalry and human health by swapping out cholesterol-laden cheese and other dairy products that pack on the pounds, for cholesterol-free vegan options.
“Cutting out cheese and other animal products is the best thing that caring people everywhere can do for animals and to improve their own health,” says PETA Associate Director Ryan Huling. “PETA hopes that after trying these delicious vegan cheeses, you’ll decide to bench dairy for good.”
As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” cows on dairy farms are genetically manipulated and often drugged to generate more than 4.5 times the amount of milk they would naturally produce for their calves. Cows’ sensitive horn tissue is often burned or gouged out of their heads, part of their tails may be cut off, and holes are often punched through their ears—frequently without any painkillers whatsoever.
Cow’s milk takes a toll on human health, too. The consumption of dairy products has been linked to cancer, heart disease, allergies, and acne. In contrast, fortified soy milk contains high levels of essential nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D, protein, and vitamin B12, with none of the cholesterol, cow hormones, or cruelty of dairy products.
Ready to ban cheese from your diet? Check out PETA’s guide on how to go vegan!