5 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Jim Mulhern, Beth Briczinski

Big Dairy: Got Confusion? Call it “Cow Milk”

Sales of almond, soy, coconut, and other plant-based milks are soaring, on track to reach $20 billion by 2020. Meanwhile, consumer demand for dairy is tanking as Americans become aware of just how cruel the dairy industry is to cows, how it has cheated consumers, and the havoc that dairy milk can wreak on our bodies (got lactose intolerance?). As each generation consumes less milk than the one before it, Big Dairy is panicking. The industry is left crying over spilled milk—literally, dumping millions of gallons of unwanted milk down the drain. Big Dairy is desperate, and it’s turning to the FDA to help squash the rise of plant-based milks. In 2010, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) urged the federal government to block the use of words like “milk” and “cheese” on the labels of dairy-free products. Six years later, that hasn’t worked, so the NMPF is back at it, this time by whipping up members of Congress to write to the Food and Drug Administration about how such labeling is “misleading and illegal.” Truly misleading, however, are current dairy product labels, which do not state what’s really inside: bovine mammary secretions, produced by cows and comprising just the right mix of proteins and hormones for their calves to grow hundreds of pounds in mere months. If it is in NMPF’s own interest in ensuring that labels “clearly identify the true nature of the food,” as noted in its 2010 petition, why not clearly identify dairy as “cow milk?” (*this language was updated from an earlier version). The NMPF claims that it’s worried about confusing consumers. That’s exactly why the NMPF should label its own products as “cow milk,” “cow cheese,” and “cow ice cream.” That way, consumers will understand what they're really buying. After all, cow milk is produced by cows (for cows and their calves), so why not just say it?! Many consumers are no longer swallowing the industry’s lies about happy cows and healthy bones. More and more people are choosing nutritious and delicious plant-based milks over cruelty- and cholesterol-filled cow milk. Join us in calling on the NMPF to make it easier on shoppers to know the “true nature of the food” they’re buying by clearly labeling its products as Cow Milk.

Compassion Over Killing
8,126 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to National Organic Standards Board, Stonyfield Farm

Allow limited use of antibiotics, to help sick cows on organic dairy farms

One of the rules for getting your livestock farm certified as organic, is that you're not allowed to give your animals antibiotics.  This rule was created with good intentions.  On many livestock farms, where the animals are raised for meat, farmers will mix antibiotics in with the food that they feed their animals.  This allows them to keep their animals in dirtier conditions, without as much risk of the animals getting infections that they could die from.  They stop feeding the animals antibiotics a few days before they're butchered, so there won't be any antibiotics in the meat. However, this is not the case with dairy farming.  No dairy farmer in the United States is allowed to sell milk from a cow that has been given antibiotics recently.  This is because the antibiotics would end up in her milk, and there are many people with allergies to antibiotics.  In fact, milk from all dairy farms is very strictly tested for antibiotics, and if a farmer accidentally gets antibiotics in the milk that he sells, they have to throw away the whole truckload that it contaminated!  The farmer that made the mistake then has to pay for it. As a result, dairy farmers only ever use antibiotics on cows with serious illnesses, because they know that they won't be able to sell her milk for the time that she's on an antibiotic regimen.  However, dairy farmers that are organic-certified aren't allowed to give their cows any antibiotics ever, no matter how sick they get.  They have to make the choice to let the cow suffer and possibly die, or sell her to another farm that would be allowed to treat her with antibiotics.  As a result, cows get much, much sicker on organic dairy farms, and die more frequently from infections, when they eventually get sick.  Cows get sick more often as they get older, just like people and other animals do, so organic dairy farms usually have younger cows than other dairy farms.  This is one reason that some people prefer the taste of organic milk: because the cows on the farm that it came from were not able to get old. Some people might object to the fact that antibiotics are synthetic, and they'd prefer anything unnatural kept out of their food.  However, most cows with infections can be treated successfully with penicillin, which occurs naturally in the environment because it's produced by penicillium molds.  Indeed, penicillin is the antibiotic of choice for treating cattle, mainly because, since it was never patented, it's not very expensive.  It takes a lot of medicine to treat a sick cow! There are no good reasons to stop organic dairy farmers from treating their sick cows with antibiotics, just like anyone would treat a sick child or a sick pet with antibiotics, and just like dairy farmers all over the country already treat their sick cows. This practice only serves to make the cows on organic farms suffer more than cows on other farms when they have a treatable illness.  Since dairy farmers lose money whenever they treat a sick cow, because they're not allowed to sell her milk while she's being treated, they already use antibiotics sparingly.  It's time to repeal this rule already, so the needless suffering of cows on organic farms can finally end.

Tom Oldani
38 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Vitalite , Dairy Crest, Stephen Alexander, Mark Allen, Tom Atherton, Adam Braithwaite, Andrew Carr-Locke, Sue Farr, Richard Macdonald, Robin Miller

Make Vitalite Dairy-Free Margarine Palm-Oil Free

"Vitalite Dairy Free" is an excellent product as a dairy, gluten and lactose free sunflower oil  spread, particularly as it is fortified with Vitamins B6, B12 and E. The only (and largely significant) draw back is that the product is made with Palm Oil, which is directly linked to mass deforestation, forest fires, habitat degradation, climate change, extinction of threatened species, animal cruelty, human rights abuse, child labour and exploitation all over the world.  This petition calls on Dairy Crest (the parent company of Vitalite, Cathedral City, Davidstow, Clover, Frylight, Willow, Utterly Butterly, Country Life, Mendip Hills, and St Ivel) to cut Palm Oil from all of its products, to prevent further detriment to the environment and more vulnerable people in the world.  If you agree that Palm Oil is a damaging ingredient and should be removed from these products, then please sign this petition and help to make a change.    Sources of Information:  1)  2)  3)  4)  5)  6)  7)  8)  9)  10)  11)  12) 13)  14) 15)  16) 

Amber Hopgood
279 supporters