Become a ‘Calf’ in PETA’s New Virtual Reality Experience

Learn to Relate to a Cow's Fate: Calves Kidnapped and Killed for Dairy 'Products' and Veal

For Immediate Release:
November 30, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

HoustonWhat:    People in Houston will soon be able to see—and feel—what it’s like to be a cow born on a dairy farm. Beginning on December 1, PETA will be in Houston with its new “I, Calf” virtual reality experience, which uses a combination of filmed footage and computer animation. Based on a true story, the viewer is placed “in the body” of a young calf whose mother secretly gave birth to twins and, remembering that farmers took her previous babies away, hid one of the newborns to protect him.

When:    Friday, December 1, 11 a.m.

Where:    Marble Slab Creamery, 1923 Taylor St. C, Houston

“Every day, thousands of calves are traumatically torn away from their mothers so that the dairy industry can sell the milk that was intended for the calves,” says PETA Executive Vice President and mother Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s virtual reality experience gives a cow’s-eye view of the heartbreak behind every glass of cow’s milk.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—notes that male calves in the dairy industry are killed for veal, while females are placed in the dairy herd, kept constantly pregnant, and used as milk machines until their bodies give out and they’re slaughtered for hamburger meat. While the consumption of cow’s milk has been linked to heart disease and prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer, milks made from soy, hemp, almonds, cashews, and other plant-based ingredients are free of harmful saturated animal fat and cholesterol.

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