|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
PINE SOL AND MILK
Did you know that Pine Sol is America's number one household cleaner? Anthropologists may one day debate which 21st century crime is worse: A dairy farmer who intentionally mixes Pine Sol with milk destined for human consumption, or a society that does not consider it an imperative to punish the guilty farmer. Your plastic bottle of Pine Sol lists surfacants as an ingredient. Cationic surfactants are toxic substances that have the ability to cause corrosive burns of the mouth and throat if swallowed. After ingesting cleaning liquids containing these chemicals, children often experience vomiting and permanently damaged lungs. Pine Sol also contains isopropanol, also used in rubbing alcohol and antifreeze. Blindness, extreme gastrointestinal discomfort, Death. I do not imagine that there is even one American mother who would mix Pine Sol with milk for her kids to drink. That mother would go to jail for a long time for child endangerment, even if her attorney argues that her kids refused to wash their hands before dinner, and that she intended to clean their hands from the inside. CRIME: An Indiana man poured Pine Sol disinfectant into bulk tanks storing milk destined for bottling plants, destined for human consumption. (Hoard's Dairyman, page 583, September 10, 2002). PUNISHMENT: The guilty man received a $389 fine. SUMMARY: Bryan Pease occupies an Arkansas jail cell paying his debt to society by serving out his 45 day sentence for having protested at a company breeding animals for laboratory research. An Indiana dairy farmer was convicted of consumer product tampering which had the potential to poison thousands of consumers, all because milk from his cows contained levels of live bacteria exceeding FDA safety standards. The farmer received a suspended sentence of 28 months, and is on probation for six months, but today he is back in business. COMMENTARY: Some people rob banks, get caught, go to jail. Other people trade stocks on insider information, get caught, go to jail. Some people protest injustices, and they get caught and go to jail too. Sometimes, justice is not blind, and the sometimes lopsided balance of her scales distorts logic and reason. The farmer is in the dell, and Bryan is in hell. Bryan's crime, for which he now pays society's debt, is his passion of caring for animals. He would be blessed by receiving a letter of love from you: Write to Bryan: (Your letter must be hand written on lined paper or prison authorities will destroy it.) Bryan Pease Faulkner County Jail 801 Locust Street Conway, Arkansas 72032
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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