For Immediate Release:
20 December 2011
Birds Will Be Guests of Honour, Not the Main Course
Chennai – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is throwing a Christmas party – for chickens – and famous playback singer RJ Suchitra Karthik Kumar and her actor husband, Karthik Kumar, will join the party. PETA recently rescued five hens from slaughter, and while the hens recover from their ordeal, PETA decided to have some fun before the birds are released to People for Animals Chennai. The hens will enjoy an early Christmas lunch of sweet corn, delicious seeds, and other foods that they love – all at a table beautifully decorated for Christmas:
When: Wednesday, 21 December, 12 noon
Where: No 6, First Avenue, Boat Club Road (opposite Hotel Park Sheraton), Nandanam, Chennai
“PETA can save only a tiny fraction of the chickens who suffer every minute of their lives in the meat and egg industries”, says PETA India’s nutritionist,Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “But if everyone who hears about this pledges never to eat chickens and to eat a healthy, humane meat-free diet instead, many more dear birds would have their lives saved. We urge everyone to consider making a New Year’s resolution to save animals’ lives 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 – and 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 more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.