For Immediate Release:
March 22, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Manheim, Pa. – Less than 48 hours after PETA asked Ron Kreider, president and CEO of local dairy operation Kreider Farms, for one of his publicly advertised farm tours—noting that he should have no concerns, given his company’s recent “humane certified” designation—Kreider Farms has changed its website to state that the tours have “been suspended until further notice.” The farm has not responded to PETA’s tour request.
“Humane washing by companies that harm animals is designed to deceive well-intentioned people into thinking that they’re making kind choices when they’re actually supporting cruelty,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “If Kreider Farms has nothing to hide, it should allow people who actually know the difference between happy animals and miserable ones to take a look.”
Consumers are invariably shocked to learn that it’s standard practice in the dairy industry—and permitted at “humane certified” facilities—to artificially inseminate female cows (by physically restraining them and inserting an arm into the rectum and a metal rod into the vagina) so that they’ll produce milk to be sold for human consumption. Their beloved offspring are typically taken away—the males are slaughtered for veal, and the females suffer the same fate as their mothers, used as milk machines until their bodies break down and they’re sent to slaughter.
PETA notes that the only truly humane meal is a vegan one and offers a free vegan starter kit—filled with tips, recipes, and more—to help anyone make the switch to cow-friendly, dairy-free milks, ice creams, and cheeses.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.