Alicia Silverstone Voices Carly the Cow, Who Asks Kids to Ditch Dairy

Did you know that cows can smell odors from up to 5 miles away? Or that they dance and respond to music?

Now, thanks to Carly the cow, schoolchildren across the country have the opportunity to learn about the sophisticated emotional lives of cows and the suffering that they face at the hands of the dairy industry.

Carly, a life-size mechanical cow, is voiced by actor and longtime animal rights activist Alicia Silverstone, who most recently starred in American Woman.

Alicia narrates Carly’s traumatic experience as a cow on a dairy farm, explaining how calves are taken away from their mothers when they’re just 1 or 2 days old. The narration also helps children understand that cows have a lot in common with humans, including that they experience love, loss, and loneliness. This campaign was designed in the hope that students will understand from a young age that no one deserves to suffer for our food.

In response to the dairy industry’s attempts to infiltrate the country’s education system, Carly has been dispatched to schools across Southern California. In the future, we plan to have her visit other schools around the country.

She also encourages students to try almond or soy milk and other healthy, calcium-packed nondairy foods such as beans, broccoli, kale, and figs. Volunteers accompanying her will give out free Tofutti Cuties vegan ice cream sandwiches and share information about going vegan.

Help end the dairy industry’s exploitation of cows by eating vegan.

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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