People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (Peta India) recently wrote a letter to Amul to switch to vegan milk. Amul in response highlighted the employment created by their co-operative model. Previously, Amul had also issued statement denying soya beverages to be milk products. Let’s have a look at what all happened. And remember to let us know your views on the matter in the comments below.
Crux of the Matter
Recently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (Peta India), wrote a letter to Amul suggesting them to switch to producing vegan milk. In response, Amul MD, R S Sodhi criticised their suggestion.
We would again like to encourage Amul to benefit from the booming vegan food and milk market, instead of wasting resources trying to fight the demand for plant-based products that is only growing.PETA India
The letter by PETA India also gave examples of global companies like Nestle amongst others to show shift towards vegan products.
Response by R S Sodhi
R S Sodhi accused PETA of trying to snatch away the livelihood of farmers by using the “farmers money to market genetically modified Soya of rich MNC at exorbitant prices”.
Amul had earlier published an ad which said that soya beverages including other plant-based products are not milk. PETA, Sharan India and Beauty Without Cruelty filed complaints against this. However, the ASCI had dismissed these complaints.
- With 22 percent of global milk production, India is the world’s largest milk producer. It is followed by the US, China, Pakistan, and Brazil in the list of top producers of milk in terms of quantity.