For Immediate Release:
8 June 2016
PETA India and ‘Vegans in Chandigarh’ Will Call for Compassion in Lead-Up to World MeatFree Day
Chandigarh – Just ahead of World MeatFree Day (13 June), a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Vegans in Chandigarh will lie “bloodied” and “lifeless” on a giant plate alongside oversized peas, French fries, ketchup and a giant knife and fork on a busy Chandigarh street. Other supporters will hold a large banner reading, “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate”, as a reminder to passers-by that no one wants to be carved up and served as food.
When: Thursday, 9 June, 12 noon sharp
Where: Opposite the main entrance of Neelam Theatre, Shopping Plaza, 17D, Sector 17, Chandigarh
“The best way to spare animals a miserable life and terrifying death in the meat industry is to choose healthy, tasty vegan meals”, says PETA India’s Neerja Khede. “That’s why PETA India is encouraging caring people to celebrate World MeatFree Day by choosing not to eat any living being – on this day and every day of the year.”
As PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – points out, animals killed for food suffer terribly, as seen in its disturbing and highly publicised video exposé “Glass Walls”. Chickens on factory farms are crowded by the thousands into sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which they are forced to stand. These birds are denied everything that is natural and important to them. They and other animals killed for food are crammed into vehicles for slaughter in such high numbers that many sustain broken bones, suffocate or die en route. At slaughterhouses, workers often hack at the throats of goats, sheep and other animals with dull blades. Fish are suffocated or cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats.
Every vegan saves the lives of many animals eachyear. Also, vegans are, on average, fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters as well as less likely to be afflicted with heart disease, diabetes and cancer – all of which are major health problems in India. Additionally, 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 a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.