PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk!?

Has PETA gone over the edge?

WATERBURY, Vt. -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.

"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," the statement says.

PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health.

"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."

"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," said a spokesperson for Ben and Jerry's.

Read PETA's letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

September 23, 2008

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield,

CofoundersBen & 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.


Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President

I am somewhat biased as I own a dairy and we treat our cows very well. They get the best feed, clean bedding, and living conditions, vet care, etc.

We don't sell to veal farms(I have never heard of them).

What do you the yahoo public think?


Ghira ^ look up^

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Who takes PETA seriously anyway?

    These are terrorists who throw blood on people for wearing fur and throw rocks at children who fish. According to PETA "owning or possessing" animals for pets is wrong, Owning a pure bred pet is worse as that was unnatural breeding. They believe all animals should be allowed to free roam and breed at will. The believe you should not spay or neuter any animals.

    I would suggest members of PETA should be spayed or neutered except that really isn't necessary because the males are already psychologically neutered by the alpha-bitches.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes I had heard about this. it is insane!

    These people are insane. First they would have to find women to volunteer, and they would need to find ALOT, we produce just enough for our babies. I see slavery coming out of this and who in their right mind would buy something like this.

    Dr Spock- the leading expert on child care? Yeah maybe some people think that way.

    I think the people at PETA really need to get a clue and do some research.

    How do they know breast milk really is healthier? There could be a reason that only babies use breast milk. I wonder if it is not good for adult consumption.

    Cow milk has been used for human consumption forever,

    I doubt it really is that bad. We know that it is bad for infant consumption, but after the child is a year or so, it is fine.

    It is my belief that animals were put here for a purpose and that Humans were put here for a higher purpose. When we place animal life as more important than human life we offend God.

  • 1 decade ago

    I get annoyed with PETA because they go overboard. In fact, I used to get their mailings, and after requesting, several times, to be removed from their list, to no avail, I proceeded to send them a thick packet (in their self-addressed postage pre-paid envelope), a ton of recipes, including roast, leg of lamb, fried get the idea. They never contacted me again, fortunately.

    I would not want to buy ice cream with human breast milk in it. I think that's grose, but then, I also think cow's milk is grose. That's why I drink rice milk and almond milk. The cow's milk makes me sick!

  • 4 years ago

    I think their sales would go down. I don't really care, I mean we all drink when we are babies so no i don't think breast milk is gross, but in ice cream it would be strange. where would you find enough women to even supply gallons and gallons of breast milk? I would not eat the ice cream if it was made with breast milk, (even though i am a vegetarian and am against how milk factory's treat their cows.) but on the plus side a lot of people would be dropping pounds XP

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  • Ghira
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    After I got over the initial shock, I laughed out loud because this is preposterous!

    Seriously, are they going to have "wet nurse" (slaves or other women who nursed the owner's/employer's child) farms or labs?

    PETA just wanted to get their name out there and used any tactic for publicity. Just dismiss them - I know they're trying to do good - but even one of their spokesperson's spoke out against this. I'll try to find the story, and post it.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes, PETA has gone overboard again. it's sad that there is an organization that treats animals better than humans. not to mention, with a new demand for breast milk in mass produced food products i can picture another reason for welfare mothers to sit on their butts and make money.

  • 1 decade ago

    I heard about that. That is gross. I strongly oppose animal cruelty and abuse and killing animals for luxury like furs, tusks, horns, etc. However, I don't support PETA itself.

  • 1 decade ago

    to me, PETA is usually always overboard a lot of times.

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