Kochi: PETA’s ‘Santa,’ ‘Pig’ and ‘Chicken’ to Urge Public to Try Vegan

For Immediate Release:
21 December 2015

Neerja Khede; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Will Encourage Passers-Byto Make Christmas Merry for All –Including Animals

Kochi–Dressed as “Santa Claus”, a “chicken” and a “pig”, PETA members will hold signs reading, “Make Xmas Merry for All – Try Vegan”, in Kochi on Tuesday. The merry troupe’s point? That animals deserve to experience the holiday spirit, too – and the best way to accomplish this is by leaving them off the dinner table and going vegan.

When:     22 December, 12 pm sharp

Where:    Outside the main entrance of Abad Bay Pride Mall, K P Shanmughan Road, Marine Drive Walkway, Marine Drive, Kochi, Kerala 682031

“Billions of animals could be spared daily abuse and a terrifying and painful death if more people simply switched to a healthy, humane meat-free diet”, says PETA India volunteer Ajoy Joseph Paul. “We urge everyone to consider making Christmas a joyous time for animals, too, by leaving them off dinner tables.”

As seen in PETA’s exposé “Glass Walls”, in today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive, pigs are often stabbed in the heart as they scream in pain and calves are torn away from their mothers within hours of birth.At the slaughterhouse, animals are often killed in full view of one another and dismembered while they’re still conscious.

Eating animals also wreaks havoc on human health. The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy foodshas been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. In addition, 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 about PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – please visit PETAIndia.com.