For Immeidate Release:
23 November 2021
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Monica Chopra; [email protected]
Graphic PETA India Protest Will Give Meat-Eaters Food for Thought About Eating Flesh
Lucknow – On Wednesday, in advance of International Meatless Day (25 November), a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporter will be “barbecuing” a “dog” on a grill in Lucknow. The shocking visual, using a dog prop, will send the message that all animals are made of flesh, blood, and bone; that we all have the same capacity to feel pain and a variety of emotions; and that eating meat means eating the corpses of sentient beings who valued their own lives – just as dogs do – and didn’t want to die.
When: Wednesday, 24 November, 12 noon sharp
Where: Gomti Riverfront Park, Jiamau, Opposite Taj Hotel, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010
“When it comes to the capacity to suffer and feel pain and fear, chickens, goats, and fish are no different from dogs,” says PETA India Senior Campaigns Coordinator Radhika Suryavanshi. “PETA India is encouraging people who find the thought of eating a dog distasteful to keep all animals off their plates.”
Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals a year immense suffering and a terrifying, bloody death in the meat, egg, and dairy industries. Today, chickens used for eggs are confined to cages so small they cannot spread a wing, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive, and calves are torn away from their mothers soon after birth so that humans can steal the milk meant for them. At the slaughterhouse, animals are typically killed in full view of one another and dismembered while they’re still conscious.
Vegans are less likely to be afflicted with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer – all of which are widespread health problems in India. In addition, animal agriculture is a leading cause of water pollution, deforestation, and greenhouse-gas emissions, and a United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.