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“Breast is best,” PETA says

PETA’s suggestion to Ben and Jerry, proposing human breast milk be used in place of cow’s milk in the making of its ice cream products, has been rejected.

PETA made the request after hearing that Storchen, a  restaurant in Switzerland, has just announced that they will be unveiling a new menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent human breast milk.

That, a PETA blog explains, “got us thinking … which product would be fabulously awesome if it were made with breast milk instead of cow’s milk? (Light bulb!) Ben and Jerry’s!”

Humans, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals notes, are the only species on the planet that drinks the milk of another species.

“We explained that using cow’s milk for their ice cream is a hazard to consumers’ health,” the PETA Files blog continues. “…Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Because, like all mammals, cows only give milk during or after pregnancy, in order for humans to constantly milk them, they are forcefully impregnated every nine months. Many live in filthy conditions and are forced to give 10 times more milk than they would naturally. It’s truly an awful life.”

Since Ben and Jerry no longer own Ben and Jerry’s — they sold out to Unilever eight years ago  — they didn’t get much say on the proposal. A spokesman for Unilever said that while the company valued PETA’s input, it has opted against the idea, Advertising Age reported.

“We applaud PETA’s novel approach to bringing attention to an issue,” the spokesman said, “but we believe a mother’s milk is best used for her child.”


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time September 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm

This just aggravates the living daylights out of me in several different ways.

We have 53,000 or so infants and young children in China who are sick from drinking adulterated cow milk. It probably bears noting that what’s making them ill is the same poison that sickened and killed so many dogs and cats here last year.

Part of the problem is that hardly anybody breast-feeds in China. Why? Because the infant formula companies are still up to the same sleazy tricks they were up to thirty years ago when I was a young mother. It goes something like this:
1) Convince the new mother that our super-scientific iron-fortified baby formula is highly superior to her own product–her baby will gain weight faster (Hmm), sleep longer between feedings, and be lots less trouble.
2) Remind her constantly that formula feeding is the modern way. All the important women do it. Breast-feeding is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and so very old-fashioned!
3) Equip her with a supply of free formula while she is still trying to establish lactation. That way, when her own milk is suppressed (which it will be if she keeps using the formula), she’ll have to begin buying it at full price.
4) Profit, profit, profit!

They did this to such an extent that a lot of people undertook a boycott that lasted almost ten years, and ultimately in countries like the U.S., they got a little saner. Clearly China is their new vast, untapped market.

Cow milk is for baby cows. Human milk is for baby humans. It should stay that way. If we want dairy products as adults, we should ensure that the cattle (or goats or yaks or whatever) producing the milk are humanely treated. Let’s not find another bunch of reasons for depriving human infants of their optimal food.

(Incidentally, human milk is a lot thinner than cow’s milk. It looks kind of like skim milk. In order to make ice cream out of it, they’d have to adulterate it with all kinds of junk.)

Grrrrr. Snarl!

Comment from MG
Time September 25, 2008 at 8:33 pm

[quote]Unilever said that while the company valued PETA’s input,[/quote]