Some traditions don't sit well with those of new-age ideas and beliefs. The noble and justified interest in the ethical treatment of animals has been growing in popularity, spawning the group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
However, sometimes they can get a little ridiculous, like their call for banning milk drinking after the Indy 500.
Drinking a big bottle of milk in the victory lane after the Indy 500 has been a tradition since 1936, when Louis Meyer downed a bottle and mentioned his mother's post-race beverage recommendation. Turns out it caught on and has been a staple since, except for one year when an Orange farm owner chose orange juice instead.
Apparently, drinking milk promotes not just calf cruelty and wastefulness, but also racism, according to PETA.
Racism?! It turns out that African-Americans have an enzyme which makes milk difficult to digest. An African-American victor might have to partake in a ritual that would make them physically uncomfortable. Since the tradition isn't enforced, however, the victor could make the choice for themselves.
PETA started a petition to get the tradition banned, but it hasn't caught on, so you can expect yet another milk-chugging victor when the race returns this May.