PETA’s Bevy of ‘Calves’ to Pune: Cows’ Milk is for Baby Cows

For Immediate Release:
6 May 2016

Neerja Khede; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

All Mothers Love Their Babies – So Don’t Steal Their Milk, Says Group in Lead-Up to Mother’s Day

Pune – Forcibly impregnating cows and then tearing their new-born calves away from them in order to sell the mothers’ milk are acts of cruelty. Yet people who would never dream of abusing animals go about consuming dairy foods as though no one had to pay a price. That’s why, just in time for Mother’s Day, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India volunteers – a group of children in cow costumes – will be holding signs reminding passers-by that cows’ milk may be the “perfect food” … but only for baby cows. PETA’s point? The best way to help stop animal suffering – while improving your own health – is to go vegan.

When: Saturday, 7 May, 11 am sharp
Where: On the pavement near the stairs, outside the main entrance of SGS Mall, Opposite Dorabjee, Near Clover Centre, MG Road, Pune

“Mother cows make milk for their babies, but greedy humans steal it, and male calves – who are considered worthless because they don’t produce milk – are left to starve or are sold for slaughter”, says PETA India’s nutritionist, Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, who is also mother to a vegan child. “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 buffalo on dairy factory farms spend most of their days confined to tiny stalls. Many farmers inject them with the hormone oxytocin for higher milk production, but this can cause the animals to suffer from severe cramps. Female calves are subjected to the same confinement, 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.

Humans who consume dairy foods suffer, too: consumption of cows’ milk has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and respiratory problems.

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