UW-Madison’s Babcock ice cream has beef gelatin in it; that’s a problem for some students

UW-Madison’s student government may soon launch a campaign against the university’s use of a little-known ingredient, beef gelatin, in its beloved Babcock ice cream.

The sweet treat bucks the university’s commitment to inclusivity by relying on an ingredient that effectively discriminates against certain faiths and lifestyles, said Yogev Ben-Yitschak, vice chairman of the Associated Students of Madison.

That’s because the presence of beef gelatin prevents observant Buddhists, Hindus and Jews, as well as vegetarians, from enjoying the ice cream without violating their beliefs’ dietary restrictions, according to the resolution.

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