Pregnant And Chained, Woman To Protest Dairy-Industry Cruelty In Advance Of Mother’s Day

For Immediate Release:
9 May 2013

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

All Mothers Love Their Babies, Including Cows Whose Calves’ Milk Is Stolen and Sold, Says PETA

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – Visibly pregnant and restrained in shackles and chains, a PETA volunteer will protest the cruelty of the dairy industry right before Mother’s Day. Other PETA members will hold signs that read, “Respect Mothers – Say No to Dairy Products”. PETA’s point? That all mothers – including cows – love their babies and that forcibly impregnating cows and then tearing their newborn calves from them in order to sell the mother’s milk are acts of cruelty.

When: Saturday, 11 May, 12 noon sharp
Where: At the T-Junction, near Satyam Theater, Ameerpet, Hyderabad

“Mother cows make milk for their babies, but greedy humans steal it. Male calves are considered worthless by the dairy industry and are abandoned, left to starve or sold for slaughter”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “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 farmers inject these animals with the drug oxytocin, believing that it will cause the animals to produce unnaturally large quantities of milk. Animals injected with oxytocin often suffer from severe stomach cramps that are similar to labour pains. Male calves on dairy factory farms are either abandoned or killed so that the milk meant for them can be sold, while females endure the same abuses as their mothers – including the kidnapping of their children, chaining and artificial insemination using crude instruments. 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 cows’ milk suffer, too. Consumption of cows’ milk has been linked to diabetes, obesity and respiratory problems. Soya milk is rich in protein, fibre and isoflavones; contains none of the artery-clogging cholesterol found in dairy products; and helps prevent diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis.

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