Got Autism? …And Other Controversial Anti-Milk Ads

It’s always interesting to look at the other side of the “Got Milk” campaign. While dairy farmers want us to believe milk “does a body good”, there are plenty of people who don’t agree and will happily tell you so. We did a little digging and found some rather interesting–and controversial–ads from PETA (when aren’t their ads interesting?) and some other organizations who would rather we put down that glass of milk. Take a look and see if you agree with their stance:



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    • erica

      Uh, what’s up with the sudden milk vendetta?

    • Kate

      “‘If you knew how dairy cows suffered, you’d spew’. Funny, but also true considering the fact that most people don’t know how their milk gets to the dairy aisle at their grocery store.” Really? the highly sensationalized, rare incidents of abuse do not represent the majority of dairy farmers.

    • Pix

      Sure. Like pretty much all news, the most shocking, worst of the worst stories do get more attention.

      But that doesn’t mean that the standard treatment is good enough in everyone’s opinion. It all depends on how you personally define “abuse.”

      We consume a lot of meat, dairy, and eggs. And because of the demand a significant portion of it comes from factory farms where some people feel that even IF the animals are kept “healthy” the conditions are not natural and not acceptable.

      I think the best thing you can do is try to gather knowledge about the whole process and make informed decisions about what you feel is acceptable (as far as how the animals are treated as well as what you’re putting into your body) and go from there. And honestly, it’s not easy. You’re going to come across conflicting “facts” and opinions because there is both a wide range of personal views and a wide range of dairy sources out there. But if you are concerned, it’s worth doing to the best of your ability.

      Instead of just grabbing milk off the shelf at your local grocery store, perhaps you’ll decide to give soy milk or rice milk or almond milk a shot. Or maybe you’ll choose to go to a local co-op or farmer’s market and see what’s available from smaller local farms.

      The choices are yours to make. And hopefully you won’t let one ad, one pamphlet, one website, or one comment make that decision for you. But it’s great if it encourages you to seek out more of the bigger picture.

    • Kate

      @ Pix- I think you are the one who needs to gather facts. Growing up as an active member of the agricultural community, I have seen first hand the treatment of beef and dairy cows and chickens. As you pointed out- people only like to believe the sensationalized propaganda from groups like PETA, I have seen with my own eyes how the animals are treated. Oh, and by the way, your “local, co-op” comment totally misses the mark I am from California and California Dairies Co-op is one of the largest producers of mile nationwide and 98% of them are family owned. I don’t need to seek out some hippie who feeds the cows hemp and doesn’t pasturize their products to feel good about where my dairy products come from.

      • Pix

        My apologies, Kate, if you think I was only talking to you. Because I was not and you seem to have been quite offended by my suggestion that people seek out information. You clearly feel that you have all the experience and information you need and you make your choices based on that and that’s just fine.

        But if you think that everyone else out there should just take your word on it and be done with it, then I think you’re wrong. There is nothing wrong with gathering information from different sources. If there is nothing to be offended by or concerned about, then people can find that out for themselves.

        Additionally, if anyone said that “people only like to believe the sensationalized propaganda from groups like PETA” it was you, not me.
        What I said was that I agree that the more brutal stories are what is most commonly covered by the media. And that’s why it’s important to look into it more so you (meaning anyone, not just you Kate) can make an informed decision. Whatever that decision may be.

        I’m saying to anyone who cares that taking ONE person’s word, ONE organization’s word, ONE wikipedia article’s word is not enough to give you the big picture.

        I also think it’s sad that you don’t want people to generalize about the members of the agricultural community and yet you have no problem identifying anyone contributing to a local co-op as a “hippie who feeds the cows hemp and doesn’t pasteurize their products.” ‘Don’t generalize about us, but we can generalize about you’ is not what I consider an open minded outlook.

    • Alicia

      Drinking milk is unhealthy for humans and supports horrific animal abuse. Cows are crammed into barren dirt lots where they wallow in mud and their own waste, and up to half the herd is suffering from a painful udder infection called mastitis. Cows are routinely mutilated with no pain killers by having their sensitive horns cut, sawed, or burned off, having their tails cut and holes punched in their ears. Once their productivity declines, cows are sent to a terrifying and painful death at a slaughterhouse at a fraction of their natural lifespans. Go vegan for your health and for the animals.

    • woo

      Regardless of whether the animals are ‘abused’ or not, cow milk is for cow calves.

      Animals do not exist for us to use, and in buying milk you are financially supporting the veal industry, which should be enough to turn anybody off drinking it! (Plus the zits thing is totally true!)