For Immediate Release:
11 May 2018
Nirali Gada; [email protected]
Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]
PETA India Makes Vegan Plea After Truck Carrying Dogs Allegedly Destined for Human Consumption Is Intercepted
Guwahati – After a truck carrying nearly 60 dogs allegedly bound for slaughter and human consumption was intercepted by police in Assam on May 2, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is placing a billboard in Paltan Bazaar Junction that proclaims, “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Chicken?” This action comes in the wake of a massive scandal revealing that dog meat from dump-yards near Kolkata has likely been turning up in restaurants in the city – reportedly causing the sale of non-vegetarian food there to drop by 50 per cent.
A copy of the Billboard is available on request.
“Dogs don’t deserve to be rounded up and trucked to their deaths so that humans can eat them – but neither do chickens, cows, pigs, or any other animals,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “PETA India’s billboard makes the simple point that people who are disgusted by eating dog should question why they consider it acceptable to consume one animal’s flesh but not another’s and go vegan.”
The use of animals for food causes suffering on a massive scale. Dogs are butchered with dull knives, fish suffocate or are cut open on the decks of fishing boats, chickens are kept in filthy cages so small that they can’t even spread a wing, and calves are ripped from their mothers shortly after birth so that humans can drink their milk instead. In addition, eating meat and other animal-derived foods has been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
PETA India – whose motto reads in, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that killing dogs for meat is illegal under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.