For Immediate Release:
10 May 2012
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Chani Singh; [email protected]
PETA Promotes Kindness for All Mothers on Mother’s Day
Chandigarh, Punjab – A “cow” with a sign that reads, “My Calf Was Stolen and Killed for Milk! Go Vegan”, will lead members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India in a protest outside a dairy booth in Chandigarh on Friday, just before Mother’s Day. The protesters – who will hold signs resembling missing-person posters with a photo of Bhola, a 2-day-old calf – will call attention to the dairy industry’s practice of taking calves from their mothers shortly after birth and cramming them into vehicles for terrifying journeys to slaughterhouses, where their throats are cut while they are still conscious.
When: Friday, 11 May, 12 noon
Where: Outside Verka Dairy Booth, Sector 22-D Market, Chandigarh
“Mother cows make milk for their babies, but greedy humans steal the milk and the calves for whom it was intended, even though dairy products are detrimental to human health”, says PETA India campaigner Chani Singh. “There’s no better gift that we can give to mother cows and our own arteries on Mother’s Day than to go vegan.”
Mother cows and buffaloes on dairy factory farms spend most of their days confined to tiny stalls. Many are injected with oxytocin by farmers in an effort to force them to produce unnaturally large quantities of milk, and as a result, they often suffer from severe stomach cramps equivalent to labour pains. Calves on dairy factory farms are either abandoned or killed so that the milk meant for them can be sold to humans.
Dairy products also cause human suffering. The consumption of milk and other animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Also, a recent report by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India revealed that the majority of the milk consumed in this country is contaminated with detergent, urea and water, which also contains pesticides and heavy metals.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.