Giant ‘Crab’ to Be Served On a Plate to Urge Public to Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:

19 September 2018


Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

PETA India Will Call for Compassion in Lead-Up to International Day of Peace

Panaji – Just ahead of the International Day of Peace (21 September), a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India – who will be body-painted and dressed as a crab – will lie “lifeless” on a giant plate alongside an oversized knife and fork on a busy Panaji street as a reminder to passers-by that no one wants to be carved up and served as food.

When:       Thursday, 20 September, 12 noon

Where:     On the public pavement at Panaji Market, near the INOX cinema, Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Panaji, Goa

“Crabs and lobsters who are callously thrown into boiling water do the same thing that any other animal would: try frantically to escape. They whip their bodies wildly, scrape at the sides of the pot, and fight for their lives,” says PETA campaigner Radhika Suryavanshi. “That’s why PETA India is encouraging people to celebrate the International Day of Peace by choosing vegan meals – this week and every other day of the year.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – points out that crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans have pain receptors and the ability to suffer. They’re often thrown into pots of scalding-hot water and boiled alive. They fight so hard to avoid this obviously painful death that their claws often break off in their struggle to escape. Some crustaceans used for food are chopped up, and others are microwaved – all while they’re still conscious.

Fish and shellfish commonly live in highly polluted environments, causing mercury and other toxins from the water to accumulate in their bodies. Human exposure to mercury can result in an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and even death.

The flesh of most shellfish is very high in cholesterol, so consuming it also contributes to an elevated risk of heart disease. Cholesterol is found in all animal-derived foods, whereas plant foods don’t contain any at all. Our bodies produce all the cholesterol we require, so we don’t need extra from our food.

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