PETA's 'Got Zits?' Billboard Breaks Out In Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

PETA's 'Got Zits?' Billboard Breaks Out In Spokane

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Featuring the image of a teenage girl with pimples and a milk mustache on her face and reading, "Got Zits?" PETA's new billboard has just gone up in Spokane at the intersection of Stevens Street and Third Avenue—less than one mile from Lewis and Clark High School. PETA's message to appearance-obsessed teens? That the milk they've been drinking could be the cause of the pimples that they're sporting. Multiple studies have shown a conclusive link between the consumption of dairy products and acne—the universal scourge of adolescence.

"The only people who benefit when teens drink milk or eat ice cream are dairy factory farmers and acne medicine makers," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "With delicious products such as soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, nondairy ice cream, and faux cheeses on the market, kids don't have to sacrifice their complexion and overall health in order to eat the foods that they like."

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health—called the Nurses' Health Study II and involving more than 47,000 people—concluded that the consumption of milk and other dairy products significantly raised the incidence of acne. A separate study conducted by Dr. Harvey Arbesman of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences reached the same conclusion. And Liz Vaccariello, fitness guru and former editor in chief of Prevention magazine, wrote that within six weeks of cutting back on drinking milk, her skin completely cleared of the blemishes that had been plaguing her. A dairy-free diet can also lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in adults as well as allergies, ear infections, and juvenile-onset diabetes in children. Teens can get all the calcium and vitamin D that they need from non-animal sources.

Another benefit to kids who have a natural empathy for animals: By dropping dairy products, they will no longer be supporting cruel dairy factory farms. Cows on dairy factory farms are genetically and chemically manipulated to produce unnaturally high quantities of milk, and as a result, many cows contract mastitis, a painful infection of the udder. Newborn calves are torn away from their mothers, and the males are sold to veal farms, where they are chained for 14 weeks inside crates so small that they can't even turn around or lie down comfortably. PETA's undercover investigation of a Land O'Lakes supplier revealed filthy living conditions and routine cruelty to cows used for milk.

 For more information, please visit PETA's blog.

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