PETA Members in Biohazard Suits To Bring Bird-Flu Warning To City: Meat Is Toxic

For Immediate Release:
1 November 2012

Sanam Wazir; [email protected]
Chani Singh; [email protected]

Following Bangalore Outbreak, Group Says, ‘Go Vegan’

Bangalore – Wearing bright yellow hazard (“hazmat”) suits and holding signs that read, “Meat Is Toxic. Avoid the Flu. Go Vegan!” supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will converge outside Total Mall in Bangalore on Friday. Their point? That in addition to causing animal suffering and environmental destruction on a massive scale, meat contains a plethora of dangerous substances, including pesticides and antibiotics. It is also responsible for deadly outbreaks of swine flu and avian flu. The action follows news reports that 3,481 turkeys died from an outbreak of avian flu at a Hesaraghatta farm. PETA wants Bangalore residents to know that one of the best things that they can do for their health is to stop eating animal flesh and other animal products.

When: Friday, 2 November, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside Total Mall, Hosur Road Junction, across from the Madiwala Police Station, Madivala, Bangalore

“Eating animal flesh and eggs is murder on turkeys and other animals, and it’s a leading cause of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer  and deadly flu  in humans”, says PETA India campaign coordinator Chani Singh. “With diseases running rampant on crowded, filthy factory farms, the safest thing to do with bird flesh and other meat is to avoid them like the plague.”

According to the World Health Organisation, humans can contract bird flu by eating undercooked meat or eggs, by eating undercooked food prepared on the same surface as infected meat or eggs or even by touching contaminated eggshells. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found in almost 50 countries across Asia, Europe and Africa.

On factory farms, one shed can house tens of thousands of chickens, enabling disease to spread like wildfire. The birds are forced to live amid their own waste from birth to slaughter. Laying hens are often kept in stacked cages, and faeces from the birds in the top cages fall on the animals below.

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