For immediate release:
March 17, 2022
Megan Wiltise 202-483-7382
new York – After Rep. Elise Stefanik proposed federal legislation that would require all schools to offer chocolate milk, PETA sent her a letter today urging her to promote vegan Instead milks, many of which come in a variety of flavors including chocolate, noting that cow’s milk is a leading cause of food allergies in children, millions of Americans are lactose intolerant, and the dairy industry is cruel to mother cows, whose calves are taken from them soon after birth so that their milk can be sold for human consumption instead.
“Every carton of chocolate milk is loaded with sugar and cruelty to cows, who claim their calves stolen for days from dairy farms,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is asking Rep. Stefanik to reconsider her dairy peddling bill and instead promote vegan milks, which are better for pets and healthier for kids.”
The group points out that soy milk contains the same amount of protein as cow’s milk, but is free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol and contains 2 grams of fiber (cow’s milk has none) . Plus, vegan chocolate milk has almost half chocolate cow’s milk sugar and is good for cows. A PETA expose at a facility in the Stefanik district found workers shocking a cow in the face and hitting cows with poles and a cane, among other forms of abuse. It’s standard practice in the industry for cows to be artificially inseminated – workers insert an arm into the animal’s rectum and a metal rod to inject semen into its vagina – and sent to the slaughterhouse once their exhausted bodies.
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or otherwise abuse” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.
PETA’s letter to Stefanik follows.
March 16, 2022
The Honorable Elise Stefanik
United States House of Representatives
Dear Stefanik Representative:
I write on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—PETA entities have more than 9 million members and supporters worldwide, and PETA US is the largest animal rights organization in the world—in response to your bill that would require all schools to offer chocolate milk. Instead of pushing chocolate milk — which has no fiber or complex carbs and is full of saturated animal fat and cholesterol — at kids, we urge you to promote only vegan milks, many of which come in a variety of flavors. flavors including chocolate.
Other than humans and some domestic cats, no species drinks another species’ milk or drinks dairy milk beyond infancy. Cow’s milk is one of the leading causes of food allergies in children and millions of Americans, approximately 65% of the population, are lactose intolerant. Dairy products have been linked to acne, bloating, constipation and ear infections, and in comparison, vegan soy drinks contain the same amount of protein as cow’s milk, but contain 6 grams of sugar less as well as 2 grams of fiber (as opposed to none in cow’s milk). The American Heart Association recommends that children between the ages of 2 and 18 consume less than 25 grams of sugar per day. A single cup of chocolate milk contains an entire day’s worth of sugar. Vegan chocolate milk contains almost half.
Additionally, we revealed incredibly cruel conditions on dairy farms around the world, including one in your district, Adirondack Farms LLC, where an undercover investigation uncovered routine cow abuse and neglect. PETA recorded workers beating the cows with sticks and a cane and burning the calves’ sensitive horn tissue, leaving them howling in pain. Like all mammals, cows produce milk to feed their babies. In the dairy industry, mother cows are repeatedly force impregnated, and their deeply loved babies taken away from them within hours of birth so that humans can use their milk, which is actually bad for human bones. Studies have shown that cow’s milk does not strengthen bones or provide many other health benefits that the dairy industry has used in misleading advertising for decades.
Today, dairy milk sales continue to decline, while plant milk sales are expected to reach nearly $3.7 billion by 2025. So we hope you’ll consider overturning your bill and supporting vegan businesses instead. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your consideration.