October 21, 2003

Milk and Jail

Helllllllo PETA. What now, you ask?

Vegan means NO milk, no? And since when has PETA carried about your waistline. Tsk tsk.
    The lobbying group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed an official complaint with the Florida Department of Education (news - web sites) on Monday demanding that it stop the sale of "unhealthy" chocolate, strawberry and other flavored milks in high school vending machines.

    "Flavored milk drinks contain more fat, sugar, cholesterol, and calories than even soft drinks do," the complaint says. "Dairy representatives should be in jail for foisting this high-fat, high-sugar toilet water on the nation's children," said Bruce Friedrich, director of vegan outreach for Washington, D.C.-based PETA.
Bruce wears it as cologne, all while yapping about "the children."

Yahoo's snippet extends into the full story, where the Herald milks it for all it's got.

    In Miami-Dade, the complaint got instant action. Penny Parham, in charge of school lunches, drove to a high school, checked a milk vending machine and discovered it was selling the exact, 460-calorie Nesquick chocolate milk product referred to in the PETA complaint. ''It's coming out immediately,'' she said. ``This isn't the right way to fight obesity.''
Okay, 460 calories is a bit much. What's that equivalent to, you ask? Oh, about a 32 oz soda, weighing in at about 416 calories. What's the soda give you? Nada. The milk? A bunch of calcium and Vitamin D. Not exactly a wash.

But that nasty word, OBESITY. There it is. Everyone cringe.

Here's what it's really about. Remember that other word: vegan.

    PETA attorney Matthew Penzer said Monday's Florida complaint is the opening salvo in efforts to counter dairy industry vending machine programs in several states.
This isn't about weight. Who believes that it is? Who gives PETA credibility in this regard. It's shameful.

    PETA's complaint also says serving milk violates Florida laws that require schools to ``efficiently and faithfully teach kindness to animals.''
Look out, Pizza Hut. You serve pizza. With cheese. Vegans unite, for there is no food chain, and I didn't just watch my cats yesterday attempt to eviscerate a moth for their own amusement before devouring said insect. No. Food chain? Doesn't exist.


Posted by hln at October 21, 2003 11:53 AM | PETA! | TrackBack

Heather, you are going to have to stop reading my mind.

I think we posted PETA stuff within 30 seconds of each other.


Posted by: Blackfive at October 21, 2003 12:13 PM

I can't believe that anybody takes these wackos seriously...I suppose that when the children who don't like skim milk (but would drink chocolate or strawberry flavored milk) develop rickets, or even osteoporosis, they'll find a way to blame it on the parents....

Posted by: Susie at October 21, 2003 12:34 PM

I was always the weird kid (wow, funny how some things never change) who refused to drink the flavored stuff but devoured the normal like it was going out of style.

But, to each his/her own, no?


Posted by: hln at October 21, 2003 12:36 PM

Tsk, tsk, Heather. You protest too much.

Of course PETA is going to leverage its objectives off the childhood obesity concerns. Every political lobby does the same thing.

But you really can't deny PETA is right on this issue; obesity in children (and adults) is a problem. And many pediatricians advise cutting back--or eliminating milk--from childrens' diets. Kids will get all the nutrients and vitamins they need from a good diet, minus the fat from milk.

And comparing milk to soda is dishonest; PETA isn't advocating the substitution of soda for milk.

One can often criticize PETA for its occasional over-the-top publicity stunts and campaigns--but on this issue they're 100% right.

Posted by: JadeGold at October 21, 2003 03:57 PM

Not milking the cows would be cruel treatment of animals. They'd explode!

The fact is, when the milk is gone from the vending machines, there will be soda. The PETA attorney says complaining about the flavored milk is but a step toward banning dairy products from vending machines. Would that incude milk chocolate products as well? Really, candy should not be sold at vending machines in schools – but not because such activity is cruel to animals.

Animals were put here on God's green Earth for us to use (not abuse, I'll give them that).

Posted by: Texas T-Bone at October 21, 2003 04:52 PM


PETA may be right in its argument, but you KNOW its motivations, and it goes right back down to the vegan thing and nothing else. It aims to capitalize on the nation's/world's sudden frenzy about "obesity" and whose fault it is or isn't. So I still roll my eyes and call them PETA loons.

And I poke a lot of fun at PETA because I do some animal activism of my own and PETA makes all of us who care about animals look like nutbars, sadly. Radicalism helps no one.

Nice comment. Be mindful always of one thing. My site.

Texas T-Bone: If you follow the bible, indeed. PETA just likes to ignore that whole concept of the food chain, y'know.


Posted by: hln at October 21, 2003 06:33 PM

some of the posts here are ignorant. a person won't get osteoporosis or rickets. it's been found that women who drink milk get osteoporosis much more than vegan women. beer is more nutritious than milk, though i won't recommend that for kids.
the milk in the vending machines could be replaced with juices. i think it's best if the soda is also removed.
cows won't explode if not milked. the only reason they're in danger from not being milked is because they're given hormones that make them produce more milk than they naturally would, and because their calves are taken away to be made into veal. stop the hormones and let them have their calves and everything would be OK.

Posted by: greenman at January 30, 2004 11:24 AM

someone has to eat the cows though

Posted by: j at September 29, 2004 07:39 PM

How come I've never seen a healthy looking vegan? All the ones I know (which is a lot) are very pale and sickly looking. Most, but not all, are frail and don't have a lot of energy.

Posted by: Jesse at October 11, 2004 07:44 PM

I've never met an actual vegan until i started the new job. I have to admit, the guy doesn't even have leather seats in his car...but yes, pale and a bit sickly looking.

The best way to combat the evil anti-christ known as vegans is like i do...and frequently walk in from your lunch break carrying a full rack of ribs, some chopped a few bites of each, right in front of the vegan...then throw the rest away, making sure to waste as much as possible while still getting a good meal. If your resident vegan questions you about it or scolds you, remark to them "sorry, i really just don't like the taste of full grown cow. i prefer gutting young ones myself for fresh veal".


Posted by: m3at at October 18, 2004 02:48 PM

Some of you need to wise up, and realize that vegans have more will and heart than most of you will ever have. Although the whole obesity thing, yeah i don't understand why the would they would say that. I myself am a vegatarian, and you have to understand most vegans and what not do understand that cows have to be milked or else it causes horrible pain for them. What you have to understand, it's the way that these coorperations do milk them. So why don't you all just look into what really happens before you go making fun of things you don't know about.

Posted by: Noah at October 23, 2004 06:10 PM