‘Cow’ to Join Doctors in Urging Public to Go Dairy-Free for National Nutrition Week

For Immediate Release:
4 September 2019


Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]

Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]


PETA India Will Distribute Free Soy Milk

Nagpur – In honour of National Nutrition Week (1 to 7 September), a “cow” will join two doctors in giving out free soy milk on Thursday as part of a demonstration by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.

When:       Thursday, 5 September, 4 pm sharp

Where:     On the steps of Eternity Mall, Variety Square, Sitabuldi, Nagpur

“Cows’ milk is food for baby cows. It is high in fat and cholesterol and has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and other ailments in humans,” says PETA India Vegan Outreach Coordinator Dr Kiran Ahuja. “PETA India is encouraging everyone to go vegan – you’ll enjoy a longer, happier life, and so will cows.”

Cows’ and buffaloes’ milk is intended to meet the nutritional needs of calves, not humans. In fact, three out of four Indians are lactose intolerant. This can lead to abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhoea when consuming dairy. In addition to causing digestive problems, milk and other dairy foods are a top source of saturated fat, contributing to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease in those who consume them. Studies have also linked dairy consumption to an increased risk of suffering from breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer and other ailments.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that the dairy industry is systematically inhumane. India’s beef industry exists largerly because the dairy industry supplies it with animals to kill. Since male calves cannot produce milk, they are commonly abandoned, left to starve, or killed. Female animals are often butchered when their milk production wanes.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.