For Immediate Release:
13 December 2010
Mumbai – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is throwing a Christmas party – for chickens – and members of the media are invited. PETA recently rescued six sick and weak hens from slaughter, and they are currently being rehabilitated at the group’s Mumbai office. While the hens recover, PETA decided to have some festive fun before the birds are released to their loving new home. The hens will enjoy an early Christmas dinner, feasting on corn, seeds, and other foods that they love at a table decorated in Christmas decor:
When: Tuesday, 14 December, 12 noon
Where: PETA India office, 127/16-144-RSC-2, Janikadevi School Road, Vallabh Bhai Patel Nagar (near Versova Telephone Exchange MHADA Andheri W), Mumbai
“We can only save a tiny fraction of the chickens who suffer every minute of their lives in the meat and egg industries”, says PETA India’s Himani Shetty. “But billions could be saved if more people simply switched to a healthy, humane vegan diet. We urge everyone to consider making a New Year’s resolution to go vegan today.”
PETA India’s five-year investigation of the chicken and egg industries revealed that chickens who are raised for eggs are crammed into “battery” cages that are the size of a sheet of paper – up to seven birds are confined to each cage. The birds’ sensitive beaks are cut off, causing some to die from shock and others to suffer a lingering death from starvation because they can’t eat. Chickens who are killed for meat are crammed by the tens of thousands into dark, filthy sheds. They are bred to grow so quickly that they often become crippled under the weight of their massive upper bodies. At slaughterhouses, chickens are slammed upside down by their legs into metal shackles, and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks. At butcher shops, birds are killed with dull knives in full view of other birds.
Eating meat and eggs can be deadly, exposing one to salmonella, E. coli and other health hazards. The consumption of meat and other animal-derived products has also been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
For a synopsis and video footage of the findings of PETA’s investigation as well as access to the full report, please visit PETAIndia.com or click here.