PETA’s Bevy of Little ‘Calves’ to Bangalore: Cows’ Milk Is For Baby Cows

For Immediate Release:
8 May 2014

Grishma Myatra; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya ; [email protected]

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

Bangalore, Karnataka – Forcibly impregnating cows and then tearing their newborn 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 products 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 Bangaloreans that cows’ milk may be the “perfect food” but only for baby cows. PETA’s point? That the best way to help stop animal suffering – while improving your own health – is to go vegan.

When:        Friday, 9 May, 11 am to noon

Where:       Outside Sir Puttanna Chetty Town Hall, No 112, JC Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560 002

“Mother cows make milk for their babies, but greedy humans steal it, and male calves – considered worthless because they don’t produce milk – are left to starve or are sold for slaughter”, says PETA India’s Grishma Myatra. “There’s no better gift 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 drug oxytocin, believing that it will lead to higher milk production, but animals given oxytocin often suffer from severe stomach cramps. Female calves are subjected to the same chaining, 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 products suffer, too. Consumption of cows’ milk has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and respiratory problems.

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