Pregnant Activist to Lead Protest Outside Local Dairy Farm

Mother-to-Be Will Shine a Spotlight on Dairy Industry's Practice of Separating Calves From Their Mothers

For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Riverhead, N.Y. – On Saturday, local activist Alecia Moore, who’s 29 weeks pregnant, will lead a spirited protest outside Goodale Farms to inform visitors that on dairy farms, calves are separated from their distraught mothers soon after birth so that the milk meant for them can be collected for humans to drink instead. Protesters will hold signs proclaiming, “Not Your Mom, Not Your Milk!”

When:    Saturday, June 29, 12 noon

Where:    250 Main Rd. (at the intersection with Cross River Drive), Riverhead

“The prospect of having my baby taken away from me is impossible even to contemplate, but mother cows used by the dairy industry endure this unthinkable trauma over and over again,” says Moore. “We can all stand up to this sad and unnecessary cruelty simply by going vegan and pushing dairy farms to modernize by producing fruits, vegetables, or artisanal nut cheeses instead.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that in the dairy industry, cows are repeatedly and forcibly inseminated on a device that the industry itself has called a “rape rack.” Mother cows have been heard calling out for their stolen babies for days after separation. Male calves are often shipped off to be slaughtered for veal, and females eventually face the same fate as their mothers: Their bodies are exploited for their ability to reproduce, and they’re used as milk-producing machines for their whole lives.

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