The animal rights group PETA is staging a protest outside a grocery store in Philadelphia at noon today as part of a protest against cruel practices in factory dairy farms.
One protester in a cow suit and another wearing a body-screen TV showing newly released video footage taken by a whistleblower at a Pennsylvania farm that supplies Land O'Lakes. There also will be a ceremonial "milk" dumping at the store - the ShopRite at 29 Snyder Ave.
The undercover video—which shows sick, exhausted cows struggling to stand and being forced to hobble through a massive build-up of their own waste— shows the filth and suffering goes into the production of milk and other dairy products. The cows suffered from painful infections and severe lameness, and animals were kept in miserable conditions and deprived of even basic care. Some of the animals went untreated and were not put out of their misery when they were in pain and unable to stand, PETA says.
PETA is urging people to drop dairy products from their diets and boycott Land O'Lakes.