Rotaract Club Chandigarh Himalayan supporters in association with members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) assembled at the Sukhna Lake on Tuesday, to mark World Vegan Day. Clad in animal bodysuits and cow-buffalo masks with red painted palms, the protesters stood in a stall, holding banners claiming, “Dairy cattle are killed for beef. Try vegan.”
“Several vegetarians who consume milk and other dairy products have no idea, they are supporting the beef industry by doing so,” said Ayushi Sharma, a PETA campaign assistant from Mumbai, who is traveling throughout the northern part of the country to create awareness about the cruelty against animals. “Yet in India, cattle are not raised specifically for beef, rather, this industry gets its cattle supply from the dairy industry,” added Ayushi.
PETA members expressed their pain on behalf of animals and how the dairy industry is systematically inhumane. Farmers repeatedly inmpregnate cows and buffaloes through artificial insemination which is equal to rape.
Enlightening the people about the dairy farmers Shambhavi, a PETA member said , “Farmers commonly inject their cattle with Oxycontin, to force them to produce more milk which causes pain similar to a labor pain. Cows and buffaloes are treated like milk machines. Shortly after the cow or buffalo gives birth, their calves are taken away from them. If the calf is female it is kept as a milk producer and if is a male, it is absconded for starving in the streets or sold to slaughter houses.”