Thursday, September 25, 2008

What The????

What part of ice cream made with human breast milk sounds good to you? None of it for me either. That is the latest effort by PETA to end animal cruelty. They asked Ben & Jerry's to substitute cow milk for breast milk because of the torment the female cows go through to produce the milk. If it wasn't for my favorite local news to be reporting it, I would think it was a prank. Ben & Jerry's kindly refused...thankfully!

A quote from PETA: "The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn't make sense," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Everyone knows that 'the breast is best,' so Ben & Jerry's could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk."


Now don't get me wrong, all of my friends know what a huge advocate for breastfeeding I am, but come on! Isn't this taking animal rights a little too far? How do they think they are going to get all of that breast milk? Do they think all of the lactating mother's of the world would be willing to donate their precious milk? Do they envision those mother's shipping off a bottle or two each day that they pumped? When I was nursing, I called that "liquid gold" and it was not going anywhere but to my baby, who it was made and intended for! No way would I back then pump a bottle for baby, then pump a bottle for Ben & Jerry's. It was a pain enough to pump for my own baby!


Sorry if I offended anyone, but I just couldn't believe my ears today when I was listening to the news. I hope you all got a chuckle out of this like I did!




4 comments:

Meredith said...

WTF?

Allison said...

Right on, Alli! I mean, how ridiculous are we becoming? I am obviously an animal-lover, but I have common sense too. And who in the world would eat that ice cream?

This kind of reminds me of hurting those precious polar bears if we drill in Alaska?! Drill, baby, drill.

Emily said...

I heard it on conan, and had to google to see if it was true. Wow, a press release and everything! I think it totally discredits PETA as a legit org'n. To make such a request means that they have ZERO idea what would go into that process. Do they know how much breastmilk it would take to make quart of ice cream? How many mothers? How they would get it? How they would screen it? How they would process it? Mothers donate excess milk to milk banks, but there are so few of them b/c it is such a huge undertaking. And the milk is SO expensive! Anyway, I just laughed and laughed at this and thought they are a bunch of idiots. I think Pam Anderson would even roll her eyes!

Jodi said...

sick and wrong...