I open up a browser this morning and one of the first headlines that catches my attention is: “How about a double scoop of mama’s milk?” (MSN, “PETA to Ben & Jerry’s: Make ice cream from human milk“, September 26, 2008 ). As I read this article it hits me once more in the face just how ludicrous the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals can be. Now, don’t get me wrong. They’ve uncovered mistreatment and mishandling of animals in the past — one of the worst being the treatment of animals at the Postville, IA slaughter plant as well as the treatment of pigs in some farms. But this…this is beyond the pale.

PETA wrote a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield expressing the concept that cow’s milk is hazardous and milking them is cruel. The PETA spokesman noted that while substitution of breast milk for cow’s milk may be implausible it is no stranger than humans consuming milk from another species (MSN, “PETA to Ben & Jerry’s: Make ice cream from human milk“, September 26, 2008 ).

I’m not a big fan of PETA but I realize that they have done some good in advancing the humane and proper treatment of animals. I personally believe in buying the eggs of farms that gather them from free-range chickens and I also strongly believe that animals should be treated with respect and kindness. On the other hand, I certainly think that PETA is way off their rocker when they advocate that humans should not consume the products of other animals. I’m not a vegetarian yet (although I’m moving in that direction) but I also realize that milk from cows provides benefits to humans and if the cows are treated humanely and with consideration then we can benefit from their milk.

What next? An offshoot of PETA called PETOP? — People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants? Maybe they’ll advocate the human consumption of crops is cruel and we should all stop eating?