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ITHACA, N.Y. — Radical animal activist group PETA is slated to protest Cornell University’s decision to name an ice cram flavor after Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States.

Biden is speaking at convocation Saturday and has a long-time public love of ice cream. When he was announced as the convocation speaker in April, a viral whirlwind began requesting that the former VP not only eat ice cream from the Cornell Dairy Bar, but suggesting that an ice cream be named in his honor.

During Commencement Weekend, 70 three-gallon tubs of vanilla chocolate chip ice cream — christened Big Red, White & Biden for the occasion — will be served on campus and at the Cornell Dairy Bar.

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But PETA says the seemingly fun gesture does not measure up to some Cornell student’s progressive thinking.

Ryan Huling, PETA Director of International Youth Outreach, said in an emailed news release:

“Cornell students are an innovative, forward-thinking lot, which explains why they can’t get behind such an udderly cruel and obsolete way of honoring the former vice president…peta2 is working with these compassionate students to remind everyone that choosing delicious dairy-free ice cream helpsmother cows and their babies, who endure a lifetime of abuse in the dairy industry.”

At noon Friday, protesters holding signs that state “Cows Scream for Ice Cream” will be at the Cornell Dairy Bar  passing out more than 100 dairy-free ice cream bars.

According to a news release from  PETA, “…cows in the dairy industry are repeatedly artificially inseminated to force them to produce milk. Their babies are taken away shortly after birth, causing many mother cows to bellow in distress for days. Male calves are shoved into tiny veal crates, while females endure the same fate as their mothers until their bodies give out and they’re slaughtered at about 4 years old—far short of the species’ 25-year life expectancy.”

A representative from Cornell Dairy did not return a request for comment by press time.

Featured photo courtesy of Flickr. 

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.