‘Angels Of Death’ Have Cure For Bird Flu: Go Vegan!

For Immediate Release:

19 January 2012


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Kriti Sachdeva; [email protected]

PETA, PFA Warn Orissa Residents That Raising Any Animals for Food Can Be a Death Sentence for the Animals and Consumers

Bhubaneswar , Orissa – Wearing black hooded capes and skeleton masks while holding signs that read,”Chicken Meat and Avian Flu: Go Vegan”, as well as other signs mentioning diseases spread by eating animals, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and the Orissa unit of People for Animals (PFA) will converge in Bhubaneswar city centre on Friday. The action comes on the heels of the mass culling of chickens in the state in an attempt to prevent the spread of avian influenza. PETA’s point? That in addition to being cruel, raising chickens, pigs, and other animals in filthy and stressful conditions creates an ideal breeding ground for disease, including bird flu, swine flu and more:

When:             Friday, 20 January, 12 noon sharp

Where:           Master Canteen Chowk, In front of Congress Bhawan, Bhubaneswar

“Avian flu, swine flu, SARS and ‘mad cow’ disease are just some of the symptoms of a very cruel industry”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “With diseases running rampant in crowded, filthy factory farms – not to mention the known link between meat-eating and heart disease – the safest thing to do with chicken flesh and all other meat is to avoid them like the plague and go vegan.”

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of humans. Most animals used for food are raised in severely crowded conditions where disease spreads like wildfire. One factory-farmed chicken shed can house tens of thousands of birds, who are constantly kept cooped up in their own filth. Laying hens are typically kept in stacked cages so that excrement from the birds on top falls on the birds below. Hans-Gerhard Wagner, a senior officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, has called the intensive industrial farming of livestock an “opportunity for emerging disease.”

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.