Dairy products on the agenda for animal rights activists
The Alliance for Animal Agriculture is here to safeguard the future of animal agriculture by bridging the communication gap between the farming and food communities. An important way to do this is to monitor the activities of animal rights organizations trying to capitalize on this loophole and fill it with myths and misinformation on topics such as animal welfare, the use of antibiotics and sustainability. We believe it is essential to stay abreast of the strategies and tactics employed by these organizations so that farmers and ranchers can be prepared for the next campaign of activism.
As part of our work to monitor activists, the Alliance publishes reports of important animal rights conferences each year. This summer, we posted recaps from the PETA Animal Rights Conference, Breeder Advocacy Program Summit, and Livestock Conference E-Summit, held in place of the National Conference on Animal Rights. animal rights that was canceled in the past two years. due to concerns related to COVID-19.
While all animal agriculture was the focus of these conferences (because “the only human choice is vegan”), several discussions took place on dairy products. Speakers agreed that “there is simply no such thing as humane production of meat, dairy and eggs,” with some focusing specifically on dairy products, saying the ethical implications of dairy products like cheese “Not worth it”. One speaker claimed that he “had studied the dairy industry and concluded that it was the dirtiest, nastiest and most egregious form of cruelty in animal agriculture.” Another said she saw “rape”, “slavery” and “kidnapping” in a YouTube dairy video.
The health benefits of dairy products have also been disparaged, with one commenter stating that “so many people are going vegans for their health, and that’s a great reason” and that “if cheese was worse, it would be petroleum jelly.” The same speaker claimed that “cancer rates appear to be lower in people who consume more soy products”. Another speaker said that “milk is not healthy for you, it is toxic” while another (who spoke at several conferences this summer) said: “Pharmaceuticals might as well be the meat and dairy industry because we wouldn’t need all of those pills. if we were to become herbal ”because“ a good percentage of the drugs we use are based on a bad diet and we could eliminate them ”.
Plant-based and cell culture-based meat and dairy substitutes were touted as the solution to ending animal farming, with a speaker from a vegan ‘dairy’ explaining, ‘We don’t fight. As plant-based or vegan businesses, we are struggling to grab market share in dairy and animal meat. The same speaker brought up the labeling and marketing issues for these products, stating that their company had been told: belong to the livestock industry, which was pretty crazy.
While I’m sure reading these quotes is frustrating, my goal in sharing them is not to increase your blood pressure. My intention is to help explain what we all face in animal farming, and hopefully inspire you both to be mindful of farm safety and to participate in the conversation (or step up your existing efforts!) online and in your animal farming community so we can set the record straight. For more resources on both topics, visit www.animalagalliance.org.
The author is communications director for Animal Agriculture Alliance.