For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Chicago – In time for Mother’s Day, a pair of 8-foot PETA “babies” will pass out free melt-in-your-mouth vegan ice cream sandwiches and cartons of creamy chocolate and vanilla almond milk. They’ll point out that cow’s milk is for babies—cows’ babies—and that humans can practice compassion for mother cows by choosing milks, ice creams, yogurts, and cheeses made from soy, nuts, oats, and other plants.
When: Saturday, May 8, 12 noon
Where: Jane M. Byrne Plaza (near the intersection of E. Tower Court and E. Pearson Street), Chicago
“Cows love their babies, as all mothers do, and they cry out for them for days after the dairy industry steals their calves,” says PETA Director of Campaigns Danielle Katz. “PETA encourages everyone to show a little love to animal families by opting for a coconut yogurt or an oat milk latte on Mother’s Day and beyond.”
PETA notes that dairy industry workers artificially inseminate cows—by inserting an arm into the rectum and a metal rod into the vagina—and then separate them from their just-born babies so that the milk intended for the calves can be packaged and sold to humans instead. Male calves are shoved into cramped veal crates, while most female calves endure the same fate as their mothers: They’re forced to produce milk until their bodies give out and then slaughtered for cheap meat.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.