Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Activist Ignorance

PETA today put out a hilarious press release displaying an amazing ignorance of evolution. They urged Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. to use human breast milk instead of cow's milk for their ice cream.

Why? "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."

Meant for a baby cow? By whom? Does PETA support intelligent design? Cows as they exist today didn't evolve. Their ancestor is the auroch, which we bred to become the modern cow. Since then we've bred them to produce as much milk as possible. While some breeds do okay when they go feral, many get infections and develop other problems when not milked to relieve them of the excess milk we've bred them to produce in addition what their calves actually need.

A suggestion to activist groups: I know you're trying to grab attention, but more research before going to press is probably a really good idea.

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