“Bloodied” and “charred” founder of PETA India and PETA affiliates worldwide Ingrid E Newkirk was “barbecued” on a charcoal grill next to a banner that read, “All Animals Have the Same Body Parts”, during her visit to Mumbai this week. Her point? That all animals are made of flesh, bone and blood, just as humans are, and that eating meat entails consuming the corpse of an animal who was once an individual with feelings and a member of a family and also had a distinct personality. PETA members handed out vegetarian/vegan starter kits to curious observers.
As Newkirk says:
Whether a fish, a chicken or a human – a corpse is a corpse, and we are all flesh and blood, with hearts and eyes and feelings. If people are revolted by a “human barbecue”, they should surely also lose their appetite at the thought of eating any corpse. When you smell flesh cooking, you can’t tell the difference. Animals may not look exactly like we do, but they certainly share our ability to feel joy, love, pain and suffering and to fear someone with a knife. Each of us can stop needless violence and live up to our belief that we are decent, kind people, simply by choosing vegan food when we eat.
The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products is responsible for animal suffering on a massive scale. In today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries, chickens have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, fish are suffocated or cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth.
Also, eating meat is devastating to the health of humans and our planet. The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity.
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