PETA’s Bevy of ‘Baby Chicks’ to Call On Hyderabad Residents to Try Vegan

For Immediate Release:
13 April 2017

Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Reminds Locals That Egg Industry Uses Cruel Methods to Kill Baby Chicks

Hyderabad – Just in time for Easter, a group of children wearing chick costumes – volunteers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India – will hold signs reminding passers-by that baby chicks are killed in gruesome ways by the egg industry. PETA’s aim? To let people know that the best way to help stop animal suffering while improving their own health is to go vegan.

When:   Saturday, 15 April, 4 pm

Where: Outside the main entrance to Prasads Mall, Necklace Road, Central Secretariat, Khairatabad, Hyderabad

A recent eyewitness investigation of several hatcheries and farms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana run by top players in the Indian egg and meat industries revealed for the first time in India that millions of male and otherwise unwanted chicks are commonly ground up, drowned, burned, crushed, thrown into rubbish bins, and even fed to other animals while still alive. In the egg industry, males are considered useless because they don’t lay eggs and haven’t been bred to produce excessive flesh for meat. Females fare little better, as they are typically confined to cages barely any larger than the size of their own bodies and are sent to slaughter as soon as their egg production wanes.

“Exploiting chickens for their eggs is not only cruel but also entirely unnecessary because it’s easy to cook using plant-based ingredients instead”, says PETA India Campaign Assistant Ayushi Sharma. “And because eggs are loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, the best way to look after our own health and protect hens is to go vegan.”

People who want tips on going egg-free can order a copy of PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kit by writing to [email protected].

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