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Animal welfare group sours on NY State Fair's milk promotion

Aug 20, 2016

Credit farmsanctuary.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An animal welfare organization is urging New York State to end a longstanding milk promotion at the upcoming state fair.

The group Farm Sanctuary said Friday that it has written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to pull $90,000 in state funds that pay for a milk bar at the fair that charges 25 cents for a cup of milk.

In the letter, Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur writes that cow milk is better suited for cows than people and that dairy consumption can lead to health problems like heart disease in humans.

Cuomo hasn't responded to the letter but he's unlikely to end the promotion. The Democratic governor frequently touts the state's dairy industry.

The fair will take place Aug. 25 through Sept. 5 in Syracuse.