For Immediate Release:
21 May 2012
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
PETA Wants Puducherry Residents to ‘Relate to Chickens’ Fate’ and Go Vegan
Puducherry – In an act of turnabout, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India wearing a chicken costume will pedal a bicycle with baby dolls dangling by their feet from the bike. The big bird will hold a sign that reads, “Try to Relate to Chickens’ Fate – Go Vegan”. PETA’s point? That countless chickens are transported to their terrifying deaths in this cruel manner and that the best way to help animals, the planet, and your own health is to go vegan:
When: Tuesday, 22 May, 12 noon sharp
Where: At the Mahatma Gandhi statue, Beach Road, Puducherry
“If you wouldn’t bind human babies by the feet and dangle them from a bicycle, you shouldn’t do it to any other animal, either”, says PETA India volunteer Niranjan Shanmuganathan. “Eating meat means eating the corpse of a tortured animal who did not want to die. PETA encourages people to try going vegan.”
Intelligent and inquisitive animals, chickens are crowded by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds on factory farms that reek of ammonia fumes from the accumulated waste. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut and their bodies are dunked into scalding-hot water for feather removal, often while they are still conscious. Other animals slaughtered for meat are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or die en route to the slaughterhouse. The animals are hit, dragged and cruelly and illegally handled and are often denied even basic necessities, such as food, water and veterinary treatment. At the slaughterhouse, they are killed in view of one another and are often dismembered and skinned while they are still conscious.
In addition to this suffering, eating chicken and other meat has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Additionally, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.