Giant ‘Babies’ to Pass Out Free Vegan Ice Cream to Beachgoers

Ahead of National Ice Cream Day, PETA Urges People to Grow Up and Leave Cow's Milk for the Calves

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Gary, Ind. – With National Ice Cream Day (July 19) just around the corner, a group of giant PETA “babies” wearing bibs proclaiming, “Milk Is for Babies! Dump Dairy,” will give away tasty, melt-in-your-mouth vegan ice cream to people on West Beach on Thursday.

When:    Thursday, July 16, 12 noon

Where:    West Beach, 300 West Beach Rd. (on the sidewalk leading from the parking lot to the beach), Gary

“No human should be drinking or eating anything made from cow’s milk, which is meant for calves,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging people to avoid the mammary secretions of mother cows and scoop up delicious dairy-free treats instead.”

Cows used for dairy are artificially inseminated (that is, raped when workers insert an arm into the rectum and a metal rod into the vagina), and their calves are stolen from them shortly after birth so that their milk can be sold and consumed by humans instead. Male calves, who are considered a byproduct by the dairy industry, may be shot in the head shortly after birth or sentenced to a short, miserable life before being killed and carved up as veal. Most female calves are destined for the same fate as their mothers: used as milk machines until their bodies give out and they’re slaughtered for cheap meat.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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