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PETA: Use human milk, not cow milk!

The wackjobs at PETA have asked Ben & Jerry's ice cream founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield to stop using cow's milk in their ice cream, and start using human breast milk instead.

Is it just me, or does the thought of eating ice cream made from human breast milk make your stomach churn?

Here's the press release:

This morning, PETA dispatched a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of ice cream icon Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace the cow's milk in their products with human breast milk. PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves. PETA points out to Cohen and Greenfield that such a move on their part would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health at the same time.

"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."

So, basically, we need to stop making cows produce milk for dairy products and start making humans do it instead. Right? Maybe I'm ignorant here, but I don't think you can run to a breast milk factory where women willingly line up to pump their breast milk into bottles for mass consumption. I mean, where does PETA suggest we get this breast milk from? Again, maybe I'm just ignorant here. But PETA's complaining that cows are being forcefully impregnated in order to get their milk, and if we were to stop doing that and start using breast milk... wouldn't we technically need to start doing the same thing to women? How else would they be getting the mass quantities of breast milk to use for their ice cream? What are they suggesting, that we open human breast milk factories? Yeah, that's a great idea. Where's the outrage from NOW and the feminists? Oh yeah, it doesn't involve abortion, so it's not anti-woman. Whoops, my mistake.


As usual, PETA wants humans to suffer instead of animals. Let's keep the cows from suffering... human suffering, though, no problem!

PETA does not seem to be able to grasp the concept that humans are different than animals. There is a vast difference between milking a cow and milking a woman. It's sad, albeit not surprising, that PETA can't see that.

Of course, maybe their brains have just shrunk from their lack of meat. I still say it would explain a lot.

And you know, if the ethics of using human breast milk weren't in question, I still wouldn't want to do that. I'd never eat Ben & Jerry's again. I'm sorry, but I just find the idea of consuming human breast milk gross.

Hat Tip: Instapundit


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Comments (14)

Are these women going to be... (Below threshold)

Are these women going to be inspected? By whom? USDA? FDA? PETA? With some of the things Humans eat don't we need an inspection for Milk Quality? We hear warnings of Mercury in Fish, Toxic Waste in Water Supplies and Drugs in Tap Water. Will the women be screened for Tobacco, Drug and/or Alcohol use. Or is Peta going to insist that only vegitarian, chemically pure women will qualify?

Clearly PETA is being run b... (Below threshold)

Clearly PETA is being run by 13 year old boys who dream of careers in the breast milking business.

Lets look at the upside of ... (Below threshold)

Lets look at the upside of this.

If we reduce the requirement for cow's milk, we need less cows to produce milk. Those cows can then be slaughtered for their meat and hides, thus driving down the cost of red meat and leather products.

We will ignore the fact that dairy cows are treated much better than meat cows, have a comparatively longer life, have much less chemicals in their systems and are generally considered a renewalble resource by their owners. They also can assist in manufacturing large amounts of Methane for production of alternative energy.

It doesn't churn my stomach... (Below threshold)

It doesn't churn my stomach. There are certainly practical problems with how we would (morally and safely) get the supply, but from a nutrition standpoint it makes sense. Cow milk is for baby cows, and goat milk for baby goats. The tolerance among humans for drinking these, particularly cow milk, is not actually very high, while the tolerance for drinking human milk is much higher, near 100%. (Without the existence of baby formula, it would be exactly 100%, because babies that couldn't nurse would die.) It's not like we'd be drinking it direct from the source, and so it's an idea that people would be able to accept reasonably quickly.

It is not practical at all, though. Par for the course from the PETA idiots: take an idea with a germ of sense and run it to the point of utter stupidity, thus discrediting the original germ of sense.

"I'm sorry, but I just find... (Below threshold)

"I'm sorry, but I just find the idea of consuming human breast milk gross."

I doubt you would have felt that way at, say, age one month. But wait! Perhaps you meant consuming cooked human milk. As for the pro-abortion lobby, this idea would horrify them. Women who decide to keep lactating just for its commercial value might well decide to have a few more babies while they're at it.

We know PETA's agenda. It has nothing to do with the well-being of humans...or the well-being of animals, for that matter. No one with three functioning brain cells would regard this latest sally as a change in their ways.

"Is it just me, or does the... (Below threshold)

"Is it just me, or does the thought of eating ice cream made from human breast milk make your stomach churn?" I think Bob Barr would agree with you.

Here's my reaction:<p... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:
"such a move on their part ... (Below threshold)

"such a move on their part would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies..."

You misspelled something there, PETA spokesperson. That last word is spelled CALVES.

The use of human bioproducts is Not A Good Idea. Since any germs were hosted by a member of the same species, they can more easily infect the consumer than germs originally hosted by cows. Also, many medications in use would be passed to the consumers.

You have got to kidding....... (Below threshold)

You have got to kidding......

Well at least with statements like these, PETA will keep showing the public how friggan out to lunch they are.

I must now go have a steak, with some ice cream for desert.

Maybe I'll even go shoot something tomorrow to commemorate this PETA pepper idea.

What a stupid thread...it's... (Below threshold)

What a stupid thread...it's a ridiculous story promoted strictly for its shock value by unhinged zealots. And you guys try and treat it like it deserves serious discussion.

It doesn't.

Bobdog and yet you stil... (Below threshold)

Bobdog and yet you still read it...and even comment on it.

What happens if you just stop milking cows?

Oh goody, solent green.... (Below threshold)

Oh goody, solent green.

PETA was always run by a bu... (Below threshold)

PETA was always run by a bunch of boobs.....

Where will the dairies be, ... (Below threshold)

Where will the dairies be, and are there any job openings?






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