Thursday, February 01, 2007

PIGS!

UPDATE: the National Pork Council has apologized to Jennifer and is taking up a collection among staff members for a donation to Mother's Milk Bank of Ohio. Read all about it here.

Jennifer asks, "It's quite clear that bad news travels fast. The question is, will good news travel as well?"

Overzealous Big Pork Stomps on Breastfeeding Blogger


The Lactivist is a website that is meant to "promote breastfeeding through humor" run by Jennifer, a work-at-home mom. Jennifer created a CafePress store which sells t-shirts with funny, pro-breastfeeding statements. (My personal favorite is the t-shirt which says "That's my baby's lunch you're staring at.") The proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts go to a not-for-profit milkbank.

One of these t-shirts (which is no longer available) said "the other white milk." It is this t-shirt which has caused Jennifer to receive a threatening letter from the attorneys representing the National Pork Council. Apparently, they feel that not only does the phrase infringe upon their trademarked slogan, but any association with breastfeeding tarnishes their reputation. What the hell is wrong with these people? I would think that the people whose job it is to try to convince us that eating pork is healthy would jump at the opportunity to have their product associated with breast milk.

I guess the National Pork Council doesn't feel the films Charlotte's Web and Babe turned enough people off of their product. Or maybe they just wanted to create a scandal (subscribing to the "no publicity is bad publicity" mindset). Apparently, eating pork makes you really stupid.

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