Ahead of World Vegetarian Day (1 October) and Vegetarian Awareness Month (October), a “bloodied” PETA India supporter lay apparently lifeless on a giant plate alongside vegetables and a giant knife and fork as a reminder to passersby that no one wants to be carved up and served as food.
Animals killed for food suffer terribly, as can be seen in PETA India’s disturbing and highly publicised video exposé “Glass Walls”. Chickens on factory farms are packed by the thousands into crowded sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which they’re forced to stand. They’re denied everything that’s natural and important to them. Chickens and other animals killed for food are then crammed into vehicles and transported to slaughterhouses in such high numbers that many sustain broken bones, suffocate, or even die on the way. At slaughterhouses, workers often hack at the throats of goats, sheep, and other animals with dull blades. And fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats.
Each person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals per year immense suffering and a terrifying death. In addition, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and a 2010 United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of the climate catastrophe.