Swine Flu Outbreak Prompts Protesters in Hazmat Suits to Call for Vegan Foods

For Immediate Release:
2 January 2015

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Kriti Sachdeva; [email protected]

PETA Points to Filthy Farms as Contributors to Spread of Disease

Hyderabad – As the latest swine flu outbreak sweeps across Telangana, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India members dressed in hazmat suits will converge on Hyderabad on Monday with a powerful message – that diseases such as swine flu can spread like wildfire on the filthy farms where pigs and other animals are confined to crowded sheds and pens. The demonstrators will wield signs proclaiming, “Meat Is a Biohazard: Go Vegan”, and give out free vegan starter kits to urge shoppers to put a stopper on the virus by dropping meat from their meals:

When:        Monday, 5 January, 12 pm sharp

Where:       At Kachiguda Cross Roads, in front of Big Bazaar, Hyderabad

“Diseases run rampant when animals are confined to filthy, densely packed farms, and swine flu outbreaks are the result”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “PETA is calling on consumers to protect their health – and help stop animal suffering on a massive scale – by going vegan.”

Animals on factory farms are crammed by the thousands into filthy, extremely crowded sheds, and they are slaughtered on killing floors that are contaminated with faeces, vomit and other bodily substances. These conditions have led to a rise in food-borne pathogens such as E coli, campylobacter, salmonella, listeria and other bacteria that originate in animals’ intestinal tracts and faeces. As their names imply, swine flu and avian flu come from pigs and birds, respectively, and the viruses that cause them often mutate into pathogens that can afflict humans.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – offers a wide variety of delicious and healthy vegan recipes on its website. Vegan meals can also help the environment: raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

You don’t have to be at Kachiguda Cross Roads to get a free vegan starter kit. You can order one on PETA’s website.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.