For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Syracuse, N.Y. – To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, PETA is placing this ad on 17 local buses, reminding holiday revelers that moderate beer consumption can protect against heart disease and osteoporosis—unlike milk.
“The verdict is in, and studies show that beer is healthier and far more humane than cow’s milk,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Also, drinking beer is raising a glass to the environment, because grains don’t belch methane.”
By some estimates, animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide, than the entire transportation sector—and the consumption of dairy foods has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and various types of cancer. There is also evidence that dairy foods cause osteoporosis by depleting bone mass. However, more than 100 prospective studies show that moderate alcohol consumption can lower the risk of heart attack, strokes caused by clotting, and death from cardiovascular causes.
In the dairy industry, farmers artificially inseminate cows by inserting an arm into the rectum and a metal rod into the vagina. Male calves are often slaughtered for veal, and females are eventually sentenced to the same fate as their mothers and then killed when their milk production wanes. Each person who goes vegan saves nearly 200 animals every year, dramatically shrinks their carbon footprint, and helps prevent future pandemics: SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.