Drinking Camel Milk Doesn’t Make You Moral
Finding alternative forms of morally indistinguishable exploitation to replace existing forms of exploitation seems to be all the rage at the moment. The positive reactions to which are like receiving an undeserving pat on the back for beating up a different person on the way home from work as opposed to the regular victim of your violence.
The internet has been flooded recently with research on camel milk and how it is considered a so-called “superfood.” Tales of helping liver disorders and even autism have made the market for camel milk in the US and EU explode exponentially over the last decade.
It is now being marketed to those who are lactose intolerant as a milk with “magical medicinal qualities,” with a study now under way attempting to determine the “medicinal characteristics of camel milk in children.” Not only that, researchers at the National Center for Biotechnology and the US National Library of Medicine say that camel milk is the closest milk to human milk nutritionally. “Camel milk is different from other milks…having low sugar and cholesterol, high minerals (sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium, and vitamin C).”
Once again, the assumption is made that animals are not moral beings deserving of our respect. If people are looking for milk with the closest nutritional value to human milk, logic would dictate that we should exploit human females for their breast milk. We don’t do that, however, because it is unanimously accepted that that would be a severe infringement of fundamental human rights. Someone’s desire for human-like milk does not constitute an adequate moral justification for treating women as things and exploiting them for their secretions. Where animals are concerned, however, we assume them to be things, or in the case of these camels, milk machines, with no value other than the external value we grant them for our purposes.
Camel milk is meant for baby camels, just as human milk is meant for baby humans. Aside from the immorality of treating sentient beings as replaceable resources, the mere concept of consuming another mammal’s milk is beyond perverse when you consider that the milk you’re drinking was intended to be growth fluid for a baby. A baby who, on account of your consumption will either be exploited herself to replace her murdered mother, or slaughtered almost immediately if male.
Classing camel milk as a “superfood” doesn’t make consuming it any more morally justifiable than any other kind of animal milk or animal product. There is no necessity in consuming any of it; the consumption of any animal product represents the callous acceptance of the most heinous rights violations. Going vegan isn’t just a “choice,” it’s a moral obligation if you claim to take animals seriously.