To the editor:
Instead of trying to prop up the failing dairy industry by pushing cowâ€™s milk (â€œJune Is Dairy Month,â€ June 2), state officials would better serve their constituents by encouraging consumers to choose nondairy foods and beverages while helping dairy farmers find work better suited to the 21st century.
All of the nutrients in milk are available from healthy, humane, and Earth-friendly vegan foods. Not only do we not need milk, we’re better off without it: Dairy foods are laden with sugar, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Milk consumption is linked to higher risk for allergies, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and even osteoporosisâ€”the very condition itâ€™s advertised to prevent. The waste generated by factory farms contaminates our air and waterways, and animal agriculture is a major contributor to most environmental problems, including climate change.
Helping dairy farmers change professions would save countless cows from enduring unnecessary miseries ranging from forced separation from newborns and immobilization in veal crates to painful diseases and the terror of slaughter. PETAâ€™s exposÃ© of a Land Oâ€™ Lakes supplierâ€™s factory farm, for instance, was just one of several recent undercover investigations that have revealed routine neglect and abuse of cows kept in filthy conditions.
Concerned people can now choose from a growing variety of nondairy milks, cheeses, yogurts, and ice creams. Readers who wish to learn more can visit www.GoVeg.com.
The PETA Foundation
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510