Ben & Jerry’s Rejects PETA's Call to Use Breastmilk in Ice Cream
September 25, 2008 - 6:41 PMThe owners of Ben and Jerry's ice cream said thanks, but no thanks to PETA for its suggestion that the ice cream maker use breast milk in its ice cream instead of cow's milk.
In a letter to Ben & Jerry’s co-founders, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman suggested Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield follow the lead of a Switzerland restaurant that has added food made with breast milk to its menu.
“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,” Reiman wrote.
Reiman said cow’s milk “is a hazard to your customer’s health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer.”
And she noted that the late Dr. Benjamin Spock, the nation’s leading authority on child care, was an outspoken opponent of feeding cow’s milk to children, claiming it may have played a role in anemia, allergies, juvenile diabetes and could lead to obesity and heart disease in the long run.
“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,” Reiman wrote.
“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,” Reiman added.
According to the PETA website, Ben & Jerry’s responded to Reiman’s letter, saying, “We applaud PETA’s novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother’s milk is best used for her child.”