PETA Wants Women to Protect Hens (and Cows) From Sexual Exploitation
For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Oberlin, Ohio – “Face It—You Can’t Claim to Be a Feminist and Still Eat Eggs.” That’s the message on new PETA bus ads that just went up in Oberlin, the home of the famously progressive college that was the first in the U.S. to accept women and African Americans. The ad continues, “Eggs and Dairy Are a Product of the Abuse of Females.”
The ads have been installed on six buses, including the Oberlin Connector.
“Oberlin is a bastion of female accomplishment and progressive activism, which makes it the perfect place to spark a conversation about the blatant misogyny of the egg and dairy industries,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Female animals are sexually exploited so that humans can drink their milk and steal their eggs, and PETA’s ads encourage people to help end this oppression by going egg-free and switching to consuming vegan milks and cheeses.”
A new video from PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—explores how feminists who use eggs and dairy “products,” which come from industries that exploit females’ reproductive systems, are guilty of speciesism. 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 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 other 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.
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