For Immediate Release:
31 October 2012
A ‘Cow’, ‘Chicken’ and ‘Pig’ Ask Kolkata Residents to Take the Vegan Pledg
Kolkata – Three PETA volunteers dressed as a cow, a chicken and a pig will converge outside Victoria Memorial Kolkata on Thursday. Their signs will read, “Love Us, Don’t Eat Us”. It’s all part of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s observation of World Vegan Day. Vegans are vegetarians who do not consume meat, dairy products or anything else derived from animals.
When: Thursday, 1 November, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside Victoria Memorial Gate, next to Rabindra Sadan, near Exide Bridge, Kolkata
“Animals may not look like us, but they have the same ability to feel joy, love, pain and suffering”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Each of us has the chance to help stop violence, safeguard our health and protect the environment simply by choosing a delicious vegan meal every time we sit down to eat.”
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, consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Moreover, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and a recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.org.