Giant ‘Babies’ to Give Away Vegan Ice Cream in Top Dairy-Producing State

In Midst of National Dairy Month, PETA Will Tell Passersby That Cows Make Milk for Their Calves, Not Humans

For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Modesto, Calif.What:    With National Dairy Month (June) in full swing, several 8-foot-tall PETA “babies” will gather outside an ice cream shop in dairy farm–filled Modesto on Thursday to pass out free melt-in-your-mouth vegan ice cream to passersby. Their point? That cows’ milk is for babies—their babies—and humans should choose delicious soy, almond, or oat milk or any of the many other plant-derived milks, ice creams, and cheeses instead.

When:    Thursday, June 21, 12 noon

Where:    Intersection of J and 10th streets, Modesto

“Every bottle of cow’s milk represents the pain of a mother whose calves were taken away from her on cruel dairy farms,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages all kind people to ditch the dairy varieties in favor of creamy and delicious vegan milks and cheeses.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that like humans, cows produce milk in order to nourish their own young, but on today’s dairy farms, cows are artificially inseminated (raped by syringe) and calves are torn away from their loving mothers within a day of birth, causing both extreme distress. Mother cows sometimes wail for their calves for days after separation. Male calves are often locked up in veal crates, and females are sentenced to the same miserable fate as their mothers.

California is the country’s top dairy-producing state.

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