For Immediate Release:
1 November 2018
Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]
Garima Jain; [email protected]
PETA Ads Urge Diners to See All Animals as Individuals and Go Vegan
Kolkata – In honour of World Vegan Month (November) and just in time for World Vegan Day (1 November), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has placed a billboard in Kolkata featuring a fish proclaiming, “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.”
The billboard – which is part of a nationwide ad campaign in which billboards featuring different animals commonly used for food will hit seven major Indian cities – is located at the Maa flyover, facing Park Circus.
“Just like humans, fish feel pain and fear, have unique personalities, and value their own lives,” says PETA India campaigner Radhika Suryavanshi. “This World Vegan Month, PETA India’s billboards will remind everyone that we can spare these sensitive aquatic animals the agony of being suffocated, impaled, crushed, and cut open simply by choosing vegan meals.”
More fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined, yet they have little legal protection from abuse. On cramped, filthy fish farms, they suffer from parasitic infections, diseases, and debilitating injuries. Those who are dragged out of oceans in huge nets (along with unintended victims, such as dolphins, turtles, seals, and other sea animals) slowly suffocate or are crushed to death. Those who survive that process are often still conscious when their throats and stomachs are cut open.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – has placed similar ads featuring a fish, a chicken, a pig, or a cow in six other major cities: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, and Trivandrum.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.