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Meat Equals Slavery

Written by PETA | June 11, 2009

In the way that slavery, once a broad social norm, later became an unthinkable crime, we can expect to see a similar shift once meat-eating disappears from our planet. Perhaps, some day, the very idea of eating animal flesh will seem as remote as the idea of owning humans does now. —Jim Motavalli,

Seems like the folks at—as well as many others—are starting to realize that the meat industry isn’t just bad for the environment and our health, it’s an industry based on exploitation and cruelty.

Maybe … just maybe … they got the idea for their article from our Animal Liberation Project display in Washington, D.C., or our recent setup in New York City’s Battery Park.


Animal Liberation Project


Animal Liberation Project


Animal Liberation Project


Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • harold says:

    wow u guys really like animals…..

  • carla says:

    High five Gus!!!

  • Gus says:

    Mel are you really an uneducated person or are you just playing one on the internet? The Dust Bowl. This is basic 7th grade history and you are screwing that up too. Try a basic search on google and see what you come up with. The Dust Bowl “was caused by severe drought coupled with decades of extensive farming without crop rotation or other techniques to prevent erosion.” That’s just from Wikipedia. It’s not hard to be informed before you type. Try it you might like it. How in the world is not slaughtering these animals bad for the environment? You mean to tell me that by slaughtering all those animals we are getting rid of the biggest producer of methane gasses that is going to contribute to global warming? How does that even make sense? Forget about those methane gasses just for one second and what about all the energy it takes just to slaughter those animals. You think those slaughter houses run on solar energy? They don’t. Those slaughter houses are responsible for putting dangerous gasses in our environment. I’m not a scientist I just like to think I am but I am willing to guess that the natural gasses those animals produce are not going to be harmful to our environment as the energy it takes to run the factories that slaughters those animals including all waste from animals it produces. One reason why people like you are in favor of slaughtering these animals is because people like you are ostriches. You bury your head in the sand and pretend it doesn’t happen. What would your diet be like if you had to get your own cow and slaughter it yourself? Would you still eat meat? My guess is no. You can hide behind your computer all you want but the world is changing and leaving you at the train station. By the time you realize it it will be too late.

  • Tamra says:

    Michele I believe Mel is trying to say that she thinks slaughtering animals is GOOD for the environment as too many animals impacts environmental issues negatively such as global warming. It is my guess that she thinks if we STOP slaughtering animals that 1 it will be on ONE single particular day and all at once AND 2 that there will still be BILLIONS of cow pigs and chickens that roam that planet freely as a result. She doesn’t get that we have this many animals of the ones that we eat because they are MASS PRODUCED BY HUMANS. Would it not be a reasonable guess that we would have a different number of these animals when you take away slaughter farms? How different I don’t know. If we get to that point and the gasses produced by cattle is a problem we can deal with it then.

  • Michele says:

    Mel I’m not sure what the point of your comment is. PETA does understand that meateating is harmful to the environment do a search for their “Meat’s Not Green” campaign if you don’t believe me.

  • Mel says:

    Do you think that PETA maybe just maybe will also understand that if you stop the slaughter of animals for food you still will have an environmental impact? Go to a cow town what do you see? Acres of grass nearly nipped down to the stubs or places with a lot more dirt and soil than grass. Without grass that soil starts moving around and creates dust storms that are very difficult if not damn near impossible to drive through and are also destructive. Don’t believe me? read stories on the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Plus cattle are a large producer of the methane and greenhouse gasses that are producing the greenhouse effectglobal warming. Though scientists are saying this which you may discredit it says something when a tax was proposed on cattle because of the methane they produce. PETA I understand your wishes to a point and support some of your causes but simply put it is loselose in this case as far as the environment.

  • Jenny says:

    Can you please help this organization? They pull dogs from gas chambers it’s so barbaric. They are desperate for donations!

  • rojo says:

    that all would be more meaningful if human slavery did not currently exist

  • Christa says:

    Great work Peta! It’s a strange but wonderfull fact that once a person stops consuming meatheshe also becomes more sensitive aware kindhearted in general towards Creation as the special Gift that it was undoubtedly meant to be. Just what this world needs!?

  • lynda downie says:

    Great piece Jim Motavalli. And Peta this is one of the best displays I’ve ever seen. Great job!!

  • Michael Essi says:

    Way to go PETA! I can’t wait to see this display during my future travel plans to D.C. or NYC.

  • Aneliese says:

    Unfortunately I do not think that day will ever come.

  • Carolyn says:

    Big business wants to hide their gruesome torture and make the meat they advertise on TV commercials and sel in retail seem natural nothing to think about thanks PETA and others the doors to the sick “systems” of breeding feeding caging and slaughtering are opening up so people can see that these animals with mothers fathers siblings communities communication feelings and thoughts deserve a natural life free from human torture! THANK YOU PETA!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Meat is genocidal for animals and the planet’s countless ecosystems. Meat is literally destroying the world with pollution global warming deforestaion water crises and environmental toxicity.

  • Tamra says:

    Yes it will happen!!! Slavery used to be a tradition and some people were upset when it was abolished or at the mere thought of abolishment. And now it is thought of as an embarrassment and a shame! It’s a mindset. We are evolving in that aspect slowly but surely…… Meat is repulsive on so many different levels and I believe that one day that sentiment will be shared by the majority.