Firstly, we want to recognize actor Joaquin Phoenix who recently used his Oscar acceptance speech as a platform to shine some light on the grim realities of the dairy industry. Well done, sir! Now, onto the show…
In this episode, the ladies dig in deep to explore the myth of “happy cows” within the dairy industry. Holly leads this discussion as she talks about a recent class-action lawsuit against Ben & Jerry’s, a company that was promoting this myth with false advertising. Infected udders, rape racks, kidnapping, and udder torching- just to name a few of the unhappy activities that go on within dairy production.
News Grab @ 09:22, a side-conversation about Switch Out items (before we officially started today’s Switch Out segment) 28:00, Switch Out @ 31:48
Is Unilever Cruelty-Free? The short answer is: “no, but definitely interested.”
Unilever does openly support the global ban on animal testing. Unilever is listed by PETA as a company “working for regulatory change.” As of February 14th, 2020 Unilever boasts several cruelty-free companies.
“Unilever also recently received the Humane Society’s Corporate Consciousness Award at its 2019 To the Rescue! 10th Anniversary Gala, an honor that marked Unilever’s global industry leadership to end animal testing and a long history of collaboration with HSI.”
We appreciate that Unilever is making strides to come away from the archaic practice of animal testing. As of February 17, 2020 (i.e. the launch of episode 06) it is worth noting that while Unilever is continuing to work for regulatory change, the company continues to engage in animal testing where the law requires. For example, China requires that certain products undergo animal testing studies prior to marketing these products to consumers. Unilever sells products in China and are therefore required by law to participate in animal testing practices so that they can legally sell their products.
The term “rape rack” is a chute-like device used to restrain cows as they undergo artificial insemination and other veterinary procedures. It is worth noting that this is a slang-term used to describe a stanchion. The origin of the term is unknown. Farmers claim this term came from the animal rights movement, while activists claim this term is used within the dairy industry.
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