Alan Cumming is a vegan. | Photo: PETA/Mike Ruiz
British actor Alan Cumming has continued his support for animals and joined PETA on a new campaign to convince people to go dairy free.
The Tony Award winning actor has long been a vegan and worked previously on campaigns with the animal rights organization. He is currently starring in the TV show, Instinct. It is the first time in US television history that a male lead character is gay.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world. It has more than 6.5 million members and supporters.
PETA is launching the new campaign to coincide with Pride month. In the new campaign, Cumming dons a t-shirt that reads ‘Not a Dairy Queen’.
The quote refers to the famous ice cream chain, but also vernacular references to gay subcultures.
Cumming will feature on flyers handed out at LGBTI Pride festivals in the UK this month. PETA will also sell the t-shirt online as a fundraising effort for the organization.
PETA volunteers will hand out the flyers to help raise awareness about dairy farming.
‘Cows lead desperately unhappy lives’
‘On dairy farms, gentle, intelligent cows are often intensively confined and lead desperately unhappy lives,’ a PETA said in a statement.
‘Treated as milk-producing machines, cows are genetically manipulated and regularly dosed with antibiotics.
‘Usually, their calves are taken away from them when they’re just 1 day old, causing intense grief and anguish.
‘Fortunately, it’s easy to get all the nutrients you need without hurting cows. Fortified plant-derived milks, such as soya and almond milk, provide calcium, vitamins, iron, zinc and protein but do not contain any cholesterol.’
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