If you think our perception about caste and creed is just restricted to just human beings, think again. Do we see animals with the same point of view as well? Well, it seems we do. Recently, PETA UK conducted a social experiment to highlight the perception about race, caste and creed even when talking about animals.
As part of their experiment, members of the animal rights activist group asked people to try a new variety of milk, without disclosing its source in the beginning. Many people tasted it and commented about the milk’s colour, texture and taste; disliking the milk was not evident in any of its tasters. However, all remarks and reactions miraculously changed as the volunteers revealed they all tasted – dog milk. It was, in fact, soy milk according to the PETA blog.
Almost everyone was furious and slammed the volunteers for not disclosing the source beforehand. It was a deception that seemed unforgivable!
As human beings, we love dogs and even consider them as man’s best friend. Playing with them, petting them, all comes very easily to many but what happens to this love when asked to try its milk? Sadly, the hypocrisy is evident – people are okay to drink milk from cows, buffaloes but not that of a dog.
The experiment was reportedly carried out in London, where the very Hindu notion of ‘gau mata’, or cow as mother, doesn’t really exist.
The organisation posted the reaction of the people online on their Facebook page and even many people who commented could not take it, several felt ‘insulted’.
The idea of the experiment was to point out that bovine milk is for the calf, and not humans. If we’re making distinctions in the animal from whom the milk is acceptable, are we not taking away from what is rightfully their calves’? And to answer all those who thought idea of drinking dog milk was ‘gross’, PETA answers it at the end, “We’re the only animal to drink other species’ milk. Isn’t it all a bit gross.”