PETA Supports Proposed FDA Rule: ‘Milk’ Is a Four-Letter Word

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Washington – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s statement that the agency intends to enforce the definition of “milk” as the mammary secretions of an animal:

PETA supports the FDA’s proposal, because healthy soy, almond, coconut, hemp, oat, and hazelnut beverages deserve to be distinguished from the cow, goat, and camel milk that are linked to prostate cancer, obesity, acne, mucoidal infections, and hideous cruelty to animals. To us, “milk” is a four-letter word when used to mean the udder secretions of mothers whose babies are stolen from them by the greedy dairy industry.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind