For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2016
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
St. Louis, Mo. – Earlier this summer, PETA offered free vegan ice cream to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department—and the department has now officially taken the group up on the sweet deal! A batch of dairy-free desserts, including almond and coconut milk–based sandwiches and bars, has arrived at the station and will be passed out as part of the department’s Operation Polar Cops program, which distributes free ice cream to the local community. The vegan bars are lower in fat and sugar than their dairy counterparts and contain zero cholesterol.
“Dishing out coconut and almond-based frozen treats is a sweet way for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to engage with residents while looking out for their health and well-being,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges all ice cream lovers to try decadent dairy-free varieties for rich, creamy taste without the artery-clogging cholesterol.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that consuming dairy foods has been associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and cancer as well as acne, food allergies, bloating, constipation, and ear infections and that 75 percent of the world’s population experiences symptoms of lactose intolerance.
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