Is milk linked to autism? Old PETA advert causes outrage!

Darcy Rafter

An old PETA advert has caused some concern as it claims that cow’s milk may be linked to autism. Autism is a complex disability which affects the brain and impacts how people connect and interact with the world.

The PETA billboard that links drinking milk to autism was taken down in 2008 by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. However, the PETA article remains, and Twitter users have recently re-discovered the campaign and taken to the platform to share their concerns.

Read on to find out why the PETA advert caused so much chaos!

Is milk linked to autism?

However, according to PETA, their website states that there may be some evidence linking milk to autism as it states:

“scientific studies have shown that many autistic kids improve dramatically when put on a diet free of dairy “products”. One study of 20 children found a major reduction in autistic behavior in kids who were put on a casein-free diet (casein is a component of cow’s milk). And another study done by researchers at the University of Rome showed a “marked improvement” in the behavior of autistic children who were taken off dairy products.”

The site continues to inform: “The reason why dairy “products” may worsen autism is being debated. Some suggest that the gastrointestinal problems so often caused by dairy products cause distress and thus worsen behavior in children with autism.”

Old PETA advert causes outrage!

Many people have taken to Twitter to re-express their outrage towards the campaign possibly in hopes that PETA will take the article off of their site.

PETA still hasn’t taken the article down however a spokesperson for PETA told The Mighty: “This is an old campaign that is still on our website because we have heard from people who have said it contains helpful information. 

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