By Nicole Breskin
CHELSEA — Members of PETA have praised a Chelsea chef for taking the burden off cows by serving up cheese made from his wife’s breast milk.
“The breast is the best,” said Ashley Byrne, a senior campaigner for PETA. “We think the breast milk cheese is a great idea. Cow’s milk is for baby cows.”
PETA’s comments follow complaints from pro-breast-feeding group La Leche League about Klee Brasserie chef Daniel Angerer, who turned heads when he blogged about developing a recipe for pumpkin encrusted breast milk cheese.
La Leche insists breast milk should only be for babies, and it would be unhealthy for adult uses.
But Byrne claims consumers and cows could hugely benefit from using breast milk for dairy products. She thinks that milking cows is cruel and that their milk can also make us sick.
“Cows are forced to live in own filth,” said Byrne. “Sick calves often going untreated, dripping puss into their own milk. We’d be doing not just cows a favor by not drinking their milk.”
PETA’s executive vice president Tracy Reiman caused a stir when she sent a letter to Ben and Jerry’s founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, in September 2008 suggesting the popular ice cream company use breast milk in their recipes instead of cows’ milk, compensating lactating mothers instead of dairy farmers.
The cause lay dormant until Angerer decided to experiment with breast milk.