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'Cow's milk not made for you!': PETA's recent tweets spark backlash

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, March 30, 2019  /  08:08 am
'Cow's milk not made for you!': PETA's recent tweets spark backlash

PETA has been promoting “humans shouldn’t be drinking cow’s breast milk” for a while now. (Shutterstock/Casimiro PT)

An animal rights organization called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is known for its strong opinions and relentless campaigns that sometimes lead to heated controversy.

Recently on social media, where it can be found constantly sharing insights, activities, news and statements related to animal protection, PETA’s stance on how “humans shouldn’t be drinking cow’s breast milk” has received quite a backlash from netizens.

“Looks weird right? It's what you're doing if you drink cow's milk. Raise your hand if you know that humans shouldn’t be drinking cow’s breast milk. It was made for their babies — not you!” read the tweet on Friday, accompanying a drawing of a female cow breastfeeding an old man, which by the time this article was written had been retweeted more than 1,600 times and garnered more than 3,700 likes.

Among the more than 8,400 comments so far, most of the netizens were ridiculing instead of supporting the campaign, treating it like an amusing joke and sharing funny GIFs.

Read also: Hold your tongue: PETA wants you to use animal-friendly idioms

“I recently switched from cow milk over to almond milk but after seeing this picture I am going to go back to cow milk. This looks delicious!” said @HaZey_hM.

“You got any more of these pictures or...” commented @Fred_Delicious.

“Plz get ur porn off my timeline, my girlfriend will start asking why I’m heavy breathing and I don't want to explain this,” said @MiltonTPike1.

“Now I wish I wasn’t lactose intolerant,” said @infinitesoil.

Meanwhile, some others were just downright disturbed.

“Is this for real @PETA ???” said @JW4Hillary.

“I’m pretty sure killing puppies is a little bit worse than drinking milk from cows. So perhaps you should fix your own psychopathic problems before you go and tell us how to live our lives. Signed, the entire internet,” stated @DrunkenLoops.

“Wow. I’m nearly at loss for meaningful words because of this... sh*t. Do better PETA. In a time when more people than ever are in support of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles and love of animals as family is at a high, you STILL managed to fail. #NoWords,” shared @AuthorDelaneyW.

PETA has been promoting the aforementioned campaign for a while now. Earlier last year, it published an article on its website entitled “12 reasons to stop drinking cow’s milk”. The organization mentioned reasons like how “cow’s milk actually robs our bones of calcium”, that milk has been “linked to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer” and how “cow’s milk does not suit the nutritional needs of humans” before closing the article with “If it’s not your mom, it’s not your milk”. (kes)