Sydney – Ahead of Mother’s Day, a group of topless PETA supporters descended on Sydney’s iconic Hyde Park today to protest the dairy industry, in which mother cows are repeatedly forcibly impregnated and separated from their babies so that humans can drink their milk. The animal rights activists stood bare-chested, with strong anti-dairy messages painted onto their bodies and signs reading, “Wean Yourself”, “Dairy Is Cruel”, and “Not Your Mum? Not Your Milk!”
Photos of the demonstration are available here.
“While humans will spend Mother’s Day celebrating their mums, a mother cow in the dairy industry will have her baby torn from her by a farmer shortly after birth, depriving her of fulfilling the most natural instinct to nourish and care for her baby,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “It’s absurd for any human to guzzle the mammary secretions of another species after being weaned from their own mother’s milk. PETA urges everyone to leave cows’ milk for the calves and opt for delicious, sustainable, and ethical non-dairy milk instead.”
In today’s dairy industry, cows are artificially inseminated via an inserted syringe and forcibly impregnated. After carrying their babies for nine months, just like humans do, their calves are torn away from them. Females are usually forced to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, while males are slaughtered, often for veal or leather. Mother cows have been known to wail for their babies for days after their separation, sometimes running after the trucks carrying their calves. Mother cows have even been documented hiding their young from farmers in a desperate attempt to follow their nursing instinct.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.
For more information about the dairy industry, please visit PETA.org.au.