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Top actor Alan Cumming has joined an anti-dairy campaign created by animal rights charity PETA.

The actor is known for his roles in productions including Cabaret, Design for Living and a one-man adaptation of Macbeth, as well as on-screen performances in Emma, GoldenEye and The Good Wife.

Cumming has been vegan for a number of years and regularly uses his public profile to advocate for animal rights.

No dairy

For the current campaign, he has donned a T-shirt which says ‘Not a Dairy Queen’ (in reference to the famous ice-cream chain), the thespian will be featured on flyers which will be handed out by PETA volunteers at gay-pride festivals across the UK during LGBTQ Pride Month.

According to PETA, the action will ‘show support for the right of all individuals to be free from oppression’.

Intense grief

According to a spokesperson for PETA: “On dairy farms, gentle, intelligent cows are often intensively confined and lead desperately unhappy lives. Treated as milk-producing machines, cows are genetically manipulated and regularly dosed with antibiotics.

“Usually, their calves are taken away from them when they’re just 1 day old, causing intense grief and anguish.

“Fortunately, it’s easy to get all the nutrients you need without hurting cows. Fortified plant-derived milks, such as soya and almond milk, provide calcium, vitamins, iron, zinc and protein but do not contain any cholesterol.”

You canfind out more about the campaign here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.