WASHINGTON – A new lawsuit accuses Ben & Jerry’s of “blatant, systematic discrimination” after the company released a line of ice cream and frozen treats for dogs, but not for cats.
“Felines around the world are understandably hurt and feeling betrayed by Ben and Jerry right now,” the public interest group Cats’ Rights And Protection (CRAP) said in a statement. “Not only are these supposedly ‘good boy’ canines a bunch of frauds, but now they get to enjoy ice cream and delicious frozen treats like their humans, while we cats are relegated to eating the same cardboard-tasting dry treats and the admittedly juicy — but not frozen — meat sticks we’ve always had.”
The cat advocacy group, which lobbies for more favorable policies toward all felids, big and small, said Ben and Jerry’s oversight is “part of a larger, societal problem of viewing cats as second-class citizens who either don’t understand or don’t care that we’re getting the short end of the stick.”
“We’re not stupid,” the CRAP statement said. “We know an inferior snack when we see it, and it’s obvious Ben & Jerry are biased in favor of those mangy dogs.”
Meowsiharu Morimoto, the Iron Chef of the feline world, called on other ice cream makers to step in and correct the Vermont ice cream maker’s offensive errors.
“It’s long been obvious to anyone in the feline culinary world that our options for desserts and digestifs have been woefully inadequate,” the Japanese cat said. “Does anyone think of us cats? Does no one ever wonder ‘Shouldn’t cats get into enjoy yummy, palate-cleansing ice cream after feasting on fish and poultry?’ The lack of consideration is criminal! Shame on you, Jerry and Ben!”
Another door to the exclusive world of tasty desserts seemed to be closed to cats on Tuesday when a large group of feline demonstrators was discouraged by Cookies and Cream, a cat who counts the Häagen-Dazs founders among her humans.
“We hear you and we see your signs,” Cookies told the crowd. “But we’re not really nebulously Nordic masters of delicious frozen delicacies. Häagen-Dazs doesn’t actually mean anything. It’s complete nonsense! My human is from the Bronx. He just made Häagen-Dazs up, thinking that if Americans saw his ice cream as vaguely Norwegian or Danish, they’d think it was quality stuff and would be willing to pay a premium. Well, they do, and we’re rich, bitches!”
The Ice Cream Makers of America, in an attempt to quell the controversy, issued a statement of its own.
“Cats: You’re lactose intolerant! You can’t take two licks without getting brain freeze! You just aren’t a market for ice cream, sorry,” the statement read.
Note: It turns out there is an ice cream for cats, or more accurately an icy fish-flavored treat intended to cool kitties down on hot summer days. Has anyone given it to their cat? And yes, cats are lactose intolerant, so we shouldn’t give ice cream to our cat(s) no matter how many people on Youtube think it’s amusing.
5 thoughts on “Cats File Discrimination Suit After Ben & Jerry’s Releases Ice Cream For Dogs”
How are Ben&Jerry ignore the needs of cats, the most popular pets in the USA? Blatant discrimination is right, cats need to have an icy treat that’s designed to meet their specific needs. I call for a boycott of the thoughtless ice cream makers! Down with Haagen-Daz, down with Ben&Jerry’s!! I’ll never purchase any of their stuff again, esp. after B&J refused to make Mission to Marzipan a part of their line-up. Limited edition my rosy butt!!
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I am sure Buddy has championed this cause! Buy him that delicious frozen treat or face the consequences Steve!
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This makes no sense – you can get lactose-free milk in any supermarket. And I’ve long wondered why they don’t make savory ice cream.
When I asked Frank about this, he loved the idea. Salmon Tuna Swirl, anyone?
There are a lot of dairy-free ice cream varieties available. All kinds of plant milks and flavors, but no savory ones.
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What would fly – at least at my house – would be an ice cream in vanilla only, and coming in bowls where the ice cream is only a spoonful or two at the bottom of the bowl. My cats LOVE to lick clean any bowl used for ice cream, and the residue on plates that held tuna sandwiches. I’ve only ever had one who was actually lactose-intolerant. Smartest cat EVER. Even though she loved the bits of cheese, near empty bowls of ice cream, etc. she stopped eating that stuff on her own. Most people aren’t even that smart.
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