PETA Founder To Be ‘Barbecued’ For World Vegan Month

For Immediate Release:
5 November 2013

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

Display Will Give Meat-Eaters Pause as Flesh of Ingrid E Newkirk Is ‘Grilled’

Mumbai – “Bloodied” and “charred”, the founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and PETA affiliates worldwide, Ingrid E Newkirk, will be “barbequed” on a charcoal grill next to a banner that reads, “All Animals Have the Same Body Parts”, during her visit to Mumbai from PETA US in Washington, DC. Newkirk’s point? That all animals are made of flesh, bone and blood, just as humans are, and that eating meat entails eating the corpse of an animal who was once an individual with feelings, a family and a distinct personality. PETA members will hand out vegetarian/vegan starter kits to curious observers.

The action also marks World Vegan Month, a month-long celebration of healthy, environmentally and animal-friendly vegan diets held every November.

When: Wednesday, 6 November, 12 noon sharp
Where: Near the Carter Road Amphitheatre, diagonally opposite Café Coffee Day and near the police station, Carter Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai

“Whether a fish, a chicken or a human – a corpse is a corpse, and we are all flesh and blood, with hearts and eyes and feelings”, Newkirk says. “If people are revolted by a ‘human barbecue’, they should surely also lose their appetite at the thought of eating any corpse. When you smell flesh cooking, you can’t tell the difference.”

She continues, “Animals may not look exactly like we do, but they certainly share our ability to feel joy, love, pain and suffering – and to fear someone with a knife. Each of us can stop needless violence and live up to our belief that we are decent, kind people simply by choosing vegan food when we eat”.

The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products is responsible for animal suffering on a massive scale. In today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries, chickens have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, fish are suffocated or cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth.

Also, eating meat and other animal-derived products is devastating to the health of humans and our planet. The consumption of animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Moreover, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and a recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

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