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NYC: Drop Dead (Meat)

Written by PETA | July 29, 2010

We’ve always said that meat is murder, but our demonstration in New York City this week literally turned that message into flesh and blood. Well, OK, the blood was fake, but the point was genuine: All meat comes from somebody. And when you show human bodies in those neatly plastic-wrapped supermarket packages, the point hits home and it begins to look like a grisly scene from Dexter.


Meat Tray Demonstration


The thought of chewing and swallowing the skin and muscle of a murder victim surely ruined some viewers’ appetites for flesh food. It’s the appropriate response to witnessing a gruesome display of the corpses of those who have been tormented and killed—you know, like in the butcher department of your supermarket. Let’s face it, every piece of meat comes from an individual who suffered miserably and died violently. In other words, meat is … yup … murder.


Meat Tray Demonstration


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  • Adam says:

    Not to mention that we generally don’t eat bears or other animals that “fight back”. We eat chickens, baby cattle, lambs, pigs, and other helpless, caged creatures who pose absolutely no threat to us. So that argument is complete rubbish.

  • Adam says:

    Sophia, you said it yourself: “this is an issue is because we [humans] have reason and logic”. Our more highly developed brains, minds, and consciences are what set us apart from other animals that will “rip out your throat and chow down on your bloody corpse” if they are hungry carnivores. We humans, with all our scientific and technological advances, have the incredible ability to sustain ourselves without having to kill other animals. Don’t you think it’s time we started making use of these unique gifts that, some would say, God gave us to move towards a more humane world?

  • Sophia says:

    For those who say “who has the right to choose who lives and dies” How do you have the right to say that an animal should live because it’s quote “unrightous” to eat meat? If it wasn’t an option for us that would work out then why would we be made with ability to eat meat? Are you saying God made a mistake there? Because then you would be commiting blashphamy for saying that God is wrong. Frankly this whole thing is subjective and I find it ironic that people whine about being chastised for being a vegitarian when PETA and most who follow do just that to those who choose to eat meat. Also yes animals have feeling and things like that but not to the full extent that human does and if they did they’d be human or equal to humans. To some extent you must agree that the only reason this is an issue is because we have reason and logic, a bears not going to stop and worry about how your doing before it eats you its going to rip out your throat and chow down on your bloody corpse. And Animals can fight back haven’t you ever seen when animals attack?

  • katie says:

    I’m 11 years old im a vegetarian… and im passionate about animal rights… the protest was very moving! It really makes people think… an animal breathes feels fears…just like a human just because they cant verbally communicate with us… just because they cant fight back… doesnt give us the right to use them for our own personal needs! go vegetarian!

  • Megan says:

    I think this is awesome my vegetarianism is mainly focused on the fact that humans are equal to other animals so when i see a steak i think that is just as equivalent to a piece of human flesh being served on a plate for a high price. The fact that these people decided to take that even further and show people that a person murdered and packaged is just like an animal that is murdered and packaged. Great job.

  • Aria says:

    ana luisa. watch the movie Earthlings and then tell me if Kosher meat doesn’t make animals suffer.. from what I’ve seen its possibly a worse fate.

  • ana luisa says:

    Thats why I prefer to eat Kosher meat the animals didnt suffer and I still get to eat meat. Its way healthier anyway.

  • Saucy says:

    Well Mary We ALL come from the same source of LIFE and that SOURCE is not you. Therefore it is not your decision to make who lives and dies. Maybe “you” could explain how if “you” were a “thing” how “you” would “nicely” murder “you” hang “you” upside down slit “your” throat as the lifeblood drains out of “you” waste of time the skin pealed from “your” body “your” organs ripped out and “your” bones hacked up as wars rage for the oil to deliver “your” disemboweled thing self to “someones” plate. And all that is left of “you” is a pile of s floating downstream. Meat Eaters are UNRIGHTOUS!!!!!!! GO VEGAN.

  • Mary says:

    All meat comes from someTHING. Not someone. Of course the thought of eating another human would make people queasy…not something any of us would like to contemplate. As someone who is pro animal but not a vegetarian I believe that animals deserve to not be contained in cages and fed until they can’t stand up. They deserve a humane death one that is quick and painless. While I don’t think of them as people they are beings that feel pain and fear and should be treated with respect.

  • Annette says:

    Randi I too am “scrutinized” for my choices regarding the way I choose to live. I simply remember that I am living my mission and message. Our fellow beings have reasons of their own for existing and peacefully honoring their lives brings me joy.

  • Danda says:

    Great job PETA! Please go on with your work!

  • Randi Gray says:

    Ever since I joined PETA last year my 11 year old has too converted to vegetarianpartial vegan. I allowed her to make the decision for herself but I gave her the proper knowledge to do so.She is so involved in animal rights. It’s moving to me that she cares as much as she does at such an early age. In “our” world we’re the only vegetarians and we are actually scrutanized and made fun of by our family and friends because of it. It’s nice to know there are people out there that feel the same as we do and don’t make us feel bad for caring.

  • Pat says:

    gets the point out really well. Good job People

  • Mauricio says:

    I really wished i could’ve attended but i had school But i’m glad it went well for you guys

  • Lindsey says:

    Amazing and touching demonstration props to PETA as always 3 you all and thank you for all that you do!

  • Heather Newell says:

    This is awesome every time I’m in the grocery section meat and sea food at that I say wow look at all the dead animals on the shelves! Everyone turns there head ans stares and ill say come right up everyone we have dead cow chickens turkeys u name it I’m sure we got it! And then I stared at in discuss and I say this is disgusting and murder of thousands of thousands tortured animals! And halkf of the meat goes to waste! So millions of animals have been tortured and killed for there meat and no has even bought or eaten them! Poor animals killed for nothingggg! Stop killing animals we need more rights for all animals big and small!



  • Filipe Rodrigues says:

    Outstanding. Another good way to make people think that we must stop these crimes against Nature and it’s beings!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Wow that must have been really uncomfortable for the demonstators in the New York heat…they are very dedicated and committed people.

    • Danny says:

      I read a response about God not making mistake because He is the one that ordainef the eating of meat. That is incorrect according to the Bible. Adam and Eve were vegetarians. There was no death until after the fall. No death no eating of meat from animals that were killed. Meat eating came after the fall and a result of sin.