In the wake of reports that the U.S. opposed a pro-breastfeeding resolution because of business interests with dairy-based formula companies, Pamela Anderson has sent the World Health Organization a letter on PETA’s behalf blasting the cruel dairy industry and thanking the agency for supporting breastfeeding.
Citing her own experience breastfeeding her sons, Anderson writes:
“Thank you for standing firm in support of breastfeeding. Breast is best — that’s why I nursed my own sons and I encourage other moms to continue this natural practice, which has been essential to human health since the dawn of time.
“There is nothing natural about giving human babies milk that is meant for baby cows — who have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months. In fact, cow’s milk is the number one cause of allergies in babies and children, and it has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
“Buying dairy-based formula also supports horrific cruelty to animals. As my friends at PETA have documented, cows on dairy farms are forcibly impregnated over and over again, and their calves are torn away from them when they are only a day old so that humans can siphon and sell their milk. Heartbroken mother cows cry out in mourning for days over their missing calves.”
Medical experts have criticized the U.S.’ latest attempt to derail breastfeeding in developing countries, where poor women are targeted by global corporations and encouraged to buy formula, which is then diluted with contaminated water, causing babies to sicken and even die from diarrheal diseases.