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Co. Dublin, Ireland
13 July 2012

If we want to protect Irish children, spread the “Live Vegan” message.

Vegan Ireland: The Vegan Society of Ireland criticise the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA) attack on proposals to limit the advertising of cheese to Irish children.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is considering including dairy cheese in the class of “less healthy” foods, like confectionary.

Vegan Ireland says that, not only is dairy cheese not particularly healthy, the whole idea of humans consuming the baby food of other species needs to be questioned.

“We are mammals who should be weaned after infanthood.” Said Dr. Roger Yates, Vegan Ireland press officer. “The idea that human children and adults should consume cheese and cow’s milk is weird. Milk is baby food – it is quite literally calf food – and we have no business drinking it or making it into cheese,” he stated.

Vegan Ireland believes that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland should consider the ethical arguments against eating cheese as well as looking at the human health impacts.

“The way dairy animals are used is appalling and exploitative,” said Dr. Yates. “Cows are repeatedly impregnated by artificial insemination, a freak show in itself, and mothers are separated from their children in order for us to take the babies’ food. If the people Ireland knew the details of how cows and calves are used, they would be shocked,” he said.

Vegan Ireland would love see adverts saying “Go Vegan” and “Ditch the Dairy,” rather than witness the ongoing dispute between the IFA and BAI! That would be good for dairy animals – and good for human health too.