I just spent 10 minutes struggling to come up with some tongue-in-cheek way to approach what I'm about to write, but I couldn't think of anything. The topic speaks for itself.
So, without further ado, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has issued a challenge to Ben & Jerry's to stop using cow milk in the production of its ice cream and start using human milk. That's right, human breast milk.
The fact that this topic has nearly milked the humor out of me bites, 'cause this would normally be the paragraph where I said something only I would think was clever, something like "Peta wants Ben & Jerry's to promote liquid cannibalism!"
Again, though, I just can't do it. Nevermind the obvious logistical problems and the large scale kidnapping operation Ben & Jerry's would have to undertake in order to properly staff the transition to human milk.
All I can say with a straight face is this: Loving animals is great. Protecting animals from irresponsible humans is great. It's necessary. Compelling adult humans to drink human milk? I don't think so.
I know that sometimes for kicks and giggles I play a dumb jock - pretty, but dumb. But the fact is I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle...except for the occasional cigar and what not. For a long time I've read both sides of the arguments over drinking cow milk. I know that traditionally it's viewed a s a great source of calcium. I haven't broken any bones...except for that time I was hit by a bus. And, even though I don't drink milk (but not for the reasons PETA requests), when I was less health conscious I used to enjoy it over a bowl of Count Chocula or Frankenberry.
Here's my greater point, though: This isn't about milk sources. It's about credibility. And if PETA ever wants mainstream folks, Joe and Jane Average, to take them seriously, this type of argument is not the way to go.
If you don't want people eating delicious animals or drinking delicious animal juice, then don't go to the other extreme and ask them to consume people juice. Be reasonable. Offer folks soy milk as an alternative.
No wild soy beans are ever starved or kept in a tiny pen to produce soy milk.
OK, my head hurts - a sure sign that I've already put too much thought into this.