PETA Says That Women Need to Protect Hens (and Cows) From Sexual Exploitation
For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2019
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Portland, Ore. – “Face It—You Can’t Claim to Be a Feminist and Still Eat Eggs.” That’s the message on a new PETA billboard that just went up near the progressive Portland State University. The ad continues, “Eggs and Dairy Are a Product of the Abuse of Females.”
The billboard is located at 1520 W. Burnside St.
“Portland is a city with strong women and thoughtful students, which makes it the perfect place to point out that the egg and dairy industries are built on sexual exploitation,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Female bodies are violated so that humans can steal and sell a hen’s eggs and the milk that was meant to sustain a cow’s offspring. PETA’s billboard encourages women to take a leadership role in ending the oppression of other females by going vegan.”
A new video from PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” and which decries speciesism (human supremacism)—explores how using eggs and dairy “products” exploits females’ reproductive systems and therefore must be rejected by all feminists. Dairy farmers keep cows almost constantly pregnant by forcibly inseminating them—which is done by shoving instruments into their vaginas while they’re restrained in a device that industry insiders have called a “rape rack.” The cows’ beloved calves are taken away from them shortly after birth so that, in a perverse act, their mothers’ milk can be sold for human consumption.
In the egg industry, hens are forced to produce as many as 300 eggs per year—far more than the 15 per year that their ancestors used to lay in nature. Because of this, they often suffer from osteoporosis, cysts, infections, ovarian carcinomas, and reproductive tumors—and eggs can even become lodged inside them. Once their bodies wear out and they’re no longer considered useful for egg production, they’re pulled from their cages by their wings and sent to be slaughtered.