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PETA to protest International Dairy Show

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Members of PETA and Georgia Animal Rights Protection plan to protest outside the International Dairy Show in Atlanta on Tuesday at Noon.

The group plans to wear cow costumes and hold signs that read, "I Am Not a Milk Machine" and "Cow's Milk Is for Baby Cows."

PETA said "cows on dairy factory farms are repeatedly impregnated to keep producing milk and that calves are traumatically torn away from their mothers within days or even hours of birth."

The show, which runs from September 19 to 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center, features nearly 300 suppliers who will be demonstrating first-hand their machinery, innovations, ingredients, packaging, distribution systems, and sanitizing systems.

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry.

"The dairy industry's sales pitches are a whitewash," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "When you consider that cows are tormented into producing massive amounts of milk and that the consumption of dairy products has been linked to everything from heart disease to osteoporosis, it makes the industry's case for milk hard to swallow."

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