This Cartoon of a Cow Breastfeeding a Man Is Causing an ‘Udder’ Panic

Published by Danny Prater.

PETA is known for causing a stir on Twitter if it means sticking up for animals. In just the last few months, our viral tweets about animal-friendly expressions and Steve Irwin’s legacy of tormenting wildlife have led millions to challenge their long-held speciesist beliefs and made countless people consider—some perhaps for the first time—that animals have a right to live free from human harassment and exploitation. That’s why when we saw @choicebison and @freebison of the BISON movement’s startling depiction of a grown man “breastfeeding” from a cow, we knew that we had to share it with our followers. The cartoon is disturbing, just like the dairy industry, and it’s certainly got people paying attention.

Screenshot of PETA tweet of cow breastfeeding adult man

On social media, PETA uses evocative, emotional messaging, as we have mere seconds to stand out from the feed and grab people’s attention. We see every interaction on social media as an opportunity to reach people, including those who may never have considered whether it’s unnatural to forcibly impregnate mother cows and steal the milk meant for their babies or for humans to drink milk as adults (something that no other species does).

In addition to the eye-opening breastfeeding image seen in PETA’s viral tweet, freebison’s Instagram page is full of cartoons that highlight the often disturbing ways in which humans interact—and are intertwined—with other species. Check out some of our favorites:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind