For Immediate Release:
30 August 2012
Group Makes the Point That if You Wouldn’t Eat Your Dog, Then You Shouldn’t Eat Chickens and Goats
Hyderabad – Grabbing the attention of passersby with a large sign that reads, “Fresh Dog Meat Shop,” and shows a picture of a cute brown pup, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will set up a “dog meat” shop Friday by the busy general post office near Abids in Hyderabad. There will be several “dog meat” dishes on display as well as a menu featuring such “dog-meat specialties” as Pug Kebab, Mutt-On Biryani, German Shepherd Tandoori, Golden Retriever Sandwiches and Labrador Steaks. PETA will also hand out fliers including a picture of a dog’s head on a chicken’s body. PETA’s point? That if we find eating dogs offensive, then we shouldn’t be eating chickens, either, since all animals – including humans – have similar senses and ranges of emotions and do not want to die so that someone can have a fleeting taste sensation.
When: Friday, 31 August, 12 noon sharp
Where: Public pavement (in front of the Nehru Statue), general post office Abids (GPO Abids), Abids Road, Hyderabad
“We’re challenging people to reflect on what ‘meat’ is – no matter what animal it comes from. If you wouldn’t eat a dog, then you shouldn’t eat chickens or goats”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Eating flesh means eating the corpse of a tortured animal who didn’t want to die. So PETA India encourages everyone to do themselves, animals and the planet a big favour and go vegan.”
Leading animal behaviour scientists tell us that chickens’ cognitive abilities are in some cases more advanced than those of cats, dogs and even some primates. Yet chickens are treated in ways that would be illegal if they were dogs. Chickens are so roughly handled when thrown into vehicles that they break their wings and legs, and they 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 goats are crammed onto vehicles on their way to slaughter in such high numbers that their bones break. Furthermore, eating meat can cause human health to suffer, too. The consumption of meat and dairy products has been linked conclusively to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Moreover, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water overconsumption and pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions responsible for climate change.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.