For Immediate Release:
20 December 2012
These Intelligent Animals Will Be Guests of Honour, Not What’s for Lunch
Panjim, Goa – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Panjim Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) are throwing a Christmas party – for pigs – and members of the media are invited. PAWS recently rescued nearly 100 pigs from slaughter, so PETA and PAWS are having a Christmas lunch with the pigs as the guests of honour, not as food. They’ll enjoy feasting on corn, spinach, strawberries and other foods that they love at a table decorated in Christmas decor.
When: Friday, 21 December, 12 noon sharp
Where: Panjim Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Corporation of the City of Panaji, Animal Shelter, St Inez, Panjim, Goa
“We can save only a tiny fraction of the pigs who suffer every minute of their lives in the meat industry”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “But millions could be saved if more people simply switched to a healthy, humane vegan diet. We urge everyone to consider making Christmas a joyous time for animals, too, by going vegan today.”
PETA points out that pigs are highly intelligent, sensitive and, contrary to common misconceptions, very clean animals who don’t deserve to be abused, slaughtered and eaten. Pigs dream, enjoy listening to soothing music and, when given the chance, establish complex social structures. They have very good memories and sophisticated communicative skills and have acted heroically, saving the lives of others – including humans. Eating pigs is bad for humans: the consumption of pork and other meats and animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
Cows, chickens and other animals raised and killed for food also suffer. They are confined to crowded, filthy cages and other enclosures. During slaughter, they are hung upside down and many have their throats cut while they’re still conscious.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.