9.24.2008

PETA suggests Ben and Jerry's use human breast milk!!


Any nursing mothers need to earn some extra cash? PETA,  wanting to bring some attention to the plight of dairy cows, suggested in a recent letter that Ben and Jerry's start using human mother's milk in its product. It is certainly a strange request, and hardly something that will take place anytime soon - but it does remind us how very good for you Mother's Milk can be!! And, it does remind us as well of the general treatment continuing in factory farming that many of us continue to take for granted... not to mention the potential side effects associated with cow's milk. That said, it is somewhat odd for PETA to single out Ben and Jerry's isn't it? As far as I understand, Ben and Jerry's have a pretty good track record for having a progressive and considerate business model, don't they? Anyway, I've reproduced the letter below for your interest - what do you think?

September 23, 2008
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.
Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.
Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.
Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.
Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.
And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.
The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that the idea is ridiculous. First of all, how many mothers would it take to equal the amount of milk given by one cow? And while I agree that mother's milk is indeed best, it is for MY baby, not for a nation of people. I believe that we should treat animals ethically, but not at the expense of people. And I disagree with their statement from Dr. Spock that cow's milk is responsible for all of those different ailments. Those ailments didn't begin to show up in force until we introduced things like processed foods, fast food and high fructose corn syrup into our diets.

Anonymous said...

How Absurd! Just the visual of thousands of mothers in Vermont breast feeding side by side on some farm!! Oh my God! PETA needs the press I guess - and I think they are a decent organization with their hearts in the right place. But why pick on B and J's? Doesn't B and J already have a reputation for dealing with good farming practices? As for cow's milk: we gave that up pretty much for good in my family and I can say that I saw personally a reduction in mucous related illness over the year and much less constipation. And, why would my children drink a cow's breast milk any more than they would drink another mother's (or in this case, thousands!).... anyway, I can't scientifically prove it, but I'm not a fan of cow's milk any more. Have you tried rice milk products lately.... my kids think it's yummy! Funny topic, made me think though.

karen said...

I think this is an interesting idea. Why is it that drinking milk from a cow's breast seems okay, but drinking milk from a human breast is not if you are over the age of 2-3 yrs old and if it is not from your mother? I would also be hesitant to eat breast milk ice cream, even if it came from my sister, but I feel this is more of a societal condition rather than what I would actually be eating. Along the same lines as ice cream, you cannot make cheese from your breast milk !

lesley said...

I have also heard it is difficult to make ice cream out of breastmilk. My kids have dairy allegeries which has eliminated diary products from their diets. We like making ice cream out of coconut milk, it is creamier than rice ice cream and has a better flavor.

I do like the idea of mothers making money selling their breastmilk. There are some companies now that profit off of breastmilk woman donate to help sick babies.

Anonymous said...

I agree that cow's milk isn't such an evil thing to consume - considering humans have been doing so for so long. But, it does bother me if dairy cows are susceptible to the farming practices suggested in the PETA letter. I understand that we may need our products from animals but not to the degradation of another species of conscious form. For arguments sake - I don't consume dairy products for some health reasons and I am a vegetarian primarily because I don't like flesh. I think that, these days, you can find the same benefits found in dairy products in other vegetable and grain products - rice or soy milk being an obvious choice. As for coconut milk ice cream.... sounds delicious, I will have to try that one.

Kristen said...

This is so completely absurd. I hope that this is a media ploy. If moms have extra milk, it should be used for sure: donated to a breastmilk bank for HIV+ or orphaned babies. Not given to a creamery for a bunch of middle-class adults. Boo to PETA.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine how you'd even begin to regulate such a thing as using human milk! PETA isn't serious about the idea, in my opinion, it just needed something outrageous to get our attention. What they really want to do is help us realize what some of our factory farming practices are doing to animals. Does anyone know if Ben and Jerry's even uses unethical farming practices? I don't eat ice cream, but I thought that Ben and Jerry's were supposed to be good guys. Why would PETA focus on a public letter to them?