Children Dressed as Calves Tell Mumbai: Dairy Farms are Cruel to Animals

For Immediate Release:

10 November 2017


Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

All Mothers Love Their Babies – So Don’t Steal Calves’ Milk, Says Group in Lead-Up to Children’s Day and During World Vegan Month

Mumbai – Tearing newborn calves away from their mothers in order to sell the mothers’ milk is an act of cruelty. Yet people who would never dream of abusing animals go about consuming dairy “products” as though no one had to pay a price. That’s why, just in time for Children’s Day and during World Vegan Month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) volunteers – a group of children in cow costumes – will be holding signs reminding passers-by that dairy farms are cruel to calves. PETA’s point? The best way to help stop animal suffering – while improving your own health – is to go vegan.

When:        Saturday, 11 November, 4 pm sharp

Where:       Outside the Carter Road Amphitheatre, 71 Carter Road, Chuim, Pali Hill, Bandra (West), Mumbai 400 050

“Mother cows produce milk for their babies, but greedy humans steal it, and male calves – who are considered worthless because they don’t produce milk – are often abandoned, left to starve, or sold to be turned into beef,” says PETA Campaigns Assistant Radhika Suryavanshi. “There’s no better gift that we can give to baby calves and our own arteries than to go vegan.”

Mother cows and buffaloes on dairy factory farms spend most of their days confined to tiny stalls. Often, farmers inject them with the hormone oxytocin in order to force them to let down more milk, but this can cause the animals to experience severe cramps similar to labour pains. Female calves are often fed milk replacer and, eventually, subjected to the same confinement and crude artificial insemination and abuse as their mothers. PETA’s investigation of dairy factory farms across India also documented that animals are routinely kicked and struck, denied veterinary care, and forced to stand and lie in piles of their own faeces. And in India, no cattle are raised solely for beef – the country’s beef industry exists largely because the dairy industry supplies it with cattle to kill.

Humans who consume dairy “products” suffer, too: consumption of cattle milk has been linked to an increased risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and respiratory problems.

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