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PETA UK Is at It Again

Written by PETA | September 18, 2007

Following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Bristol last week, PETA UK protesters took to the streets to remind shoppers that the solution to epidemics like foot and mouth, mad-cow disease, and bird flu is actually really, really simple. Go vegetarian. The pics are priceless.

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  • john stevens says:

    you guys are sentimental animal lovers! eating animals doesnt mean that you hate them. I have two cats and a dog. when the animal was killed it probably never felt anything!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Mars Why don’t you update wiki then? When an animal dies due to external forces and what its potential lifespan is are two different things. So which herbivores specifically have you seen pant? Rojo as I posted on a more recent blog The human body is in a constant state of breakdown and repair. All cells not sure about brain cells are constantly being replaced. You could have the perfect body at 20 years become stranded on a desert island without food and become emaciated there goes your perfect body. The body is in continual flux. These athletes are getting both their energy and their restorative needs completely satisfied by a vegan diet.

  • Mars says:

    “concerning the harmful to fatal proven medical facts about eating meat and animalrelated food sources. ” Breaking news for you Vegans die as well.

  • Mars says:

    Cowspigs ect. are healthy since they are vegan.

  • Melissa says:

    Cochran Perhaps you haven’t read my response to your first comment since I mistakenly addressed it to Ana. Enjoy. Please think more critically about your question! It is obvious that it will never be the case that all slaughterhouses close down simultaneously release their animals and we will be left wondering “oh dear what will I do with these cows grazing on my front lawn?” The point is to reduce buying meat and animal products so that the demand goes down resulting in the slaughterhouses breeding less animals and therefore keeping less animals in wretched inhumane conditions.

  • Ariel says:

    Giorgio and Mike Quinoa I thank you for proving my one particular point so immensely! And that is both of you have proven that you are tremendously educated on animal rights’ activism whereby you can very easily present a vast amount of facts and insights gathered from different areas of knowledge at any given time that are truly indisputable. That proves the antianimal activists make feeble uneducated attempts with their comments because they really do not realize that they are foolishly up against the best of the best! This is not to say that other animal activists on this forum are not just as dynamic with their comments. I would have to write a long list of names. Moving along for the third time Dr.? Cochran has avoided addressing the medical diagnoses that I presented to him concerning the harmful to fatal proven medical facts about eating meat and animalrelated food sources. I suppose there is no use in presenting them again to him so meateaters can do their own research from reliable factual medical sourcesdoctors with reference to high cholesterol levels arteriosclerosis strokes blocked carotid arteries the purpose for nitroglycerin meds cardiac bypass surgery sudden onset of a cardiac arrest those fortunate enough to be coded to a sudden onset of cardiac fatality. As always there are other contributing factors to these types of diagnoses. Nevertheless eating meatanimalrelated foods “limited” or “in moderation” does not guarantee that these diagnoses will not occur or only occurs to older people due an accumulation in the arteries because of age. I will leave it at that.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Mike I totally agree with your comment. In my opinion ideally people would eat far less meat and what meat they did eat would be fish wild game not widely feasible or free range domestic animals. This would incorporate less agricultural damage I believe. I did not mean to imply that animal farming was not hard on the environment I only meant to imply that the vegan footprint is likely as hard on the environment as an omnivore that eats well. If those athletes were to eat a more paleolithic diet there is no telling how much better athletes they would be. Giorgio I never claim that the average omnivorous diet was healthy. I claim that a selective omnivorous diet is healthier than a vegan diet. If you are a strict vegan and you do not take some form of supplemental B12 you will become deficient. Your hands and feet will go numb and you will become anemic. You will also have softer bones low calcium fractures are higher in strict vegans and if you live in the UK you may develop thyroid disease due to lack of iodine. I also contend that you would not have your big brain so that you may engage in this debate if your ancestors didn’t eat meat. Most of the scientists that you mention were most certainly not strict vegans. You or your ilk have fabricated those data to further your cause. I contend that most people here are very UNCLEAR especially on how to present a fact based argument. Mr. Quinoa seems to be an exception. They do however mostly share your point of view. They are very good at arguing with their heart on their sleeve so to speak. They all seem to have looked into a dying animals eyes and sprung forth a whole micro culture based on their love for warm and fuzzy creatures with all sorts of psuedoscientific data that tries to justify a purely emotional stance. The original photograph in this entry is a very good example of that. If PETA is worried about zoonotic diseases it should work to abolish the interaction with humans with all domesticated animals including cats and dogs Ariel?. Oh wait it IS working toward that goal. Ingrid doesn’t want any of you people owning a cat or dog because they aren’t yours to own. My dog is very happy here he will be so disappointed when I kick him to the curb.

  • rojo says:

    giorgio I find it amusing that you think people like einsteinwho was vegetarian for about a year and a half are proof positive of the virues of not eating meat. Yet you might run a mile at the suggestion Hitler was vegetarian same logic or lack thereof. Could you provide a link to the epidemiological study.

  • rojo says:

    mike ruth’s sucess may be the residual of the former 42 years as a non vegan. Build things properly in the first place. Perhaps the 34 year old Scott has a similar story. How will we know? Are there studies done on people raised as vegan from birth.

  • Mars says:

    Mike Quinoa Like many things wiki is not entirely accurate. A fox lives a long life in the wild including the 10 year span you posted. A fox must be 2 years old to breed so by your numbers the fox doesn’t exist since it doesn’t live long enough to breed. The rabbit however breeds several times a year because of it’s short lifespan and they can breed a 2 months of age. Here’s a little truth which isn’t wki BS “Lifespan about 9 years. In the wild most rabbits live less than one year.” httpwww.ypte.org.ukdocsfactsheetsanimalfactsrabbit.html and the fox “The average lifespan in the wild is 6 years. ” httpwww.edu.pe.casouthernkingsfox.htm “Can you enlighten me as to which herbivores pant?” Every one I’ve seen. “Herbivores certainly do have incisors.” Yes they do but not all of them. Deer lack them as example. Humans are not specialised except in brain function. Humans are the “jack of all trades” when physicaly compared to animals.Our teeth are not herbivore or carnivore or even omnivore they are human.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher You stated “I have extensively explained why a selectively omnivorous diet is healthier than vegan in other posts.” How do you then explain the success of vegan athletes Dr. Ruth Heidrich vegan for 24 years and Scott Jurek vegan since 1999? Ruth is a sixtime Ironman triathlon finisher holder of more than 900 gold medals from every distance from 100metre dashes to 5 kilometre road races to ultramarathons and triathlons. She has completed more than 60 marathons all over the world including Boston New York and Moscow and has held three world fitness records in her age group at the Cooper Clinic in Texas. Scott finished first in the Western States 100 mile endurance run 7 years in a row 19992005 and all on vegan fuel. Scott finished first in the 135mile Badwater Ultramarathon in 2005 and 2006 as well as setting a course record. In 2006 he won the 246K Greek Spartathlon and this year came first at the Hardrock Hundred as well as setting a course record.

  • Giorgio says:

    I fully agree with Ariel’s posting of 2109. I just feel to reply to dear Christopher Cochran MD You seems to be a bit confused. Everybody seems to me very clear in this blog but you struggle to understand. There is not much point the we reply to your convictions. However… Gandhi was a vegan and he rejected any form of little technology they had at his time…apparently he survived pretty well he was actually killed by a man!. One single case does not count you may say. So what about a great number of Buddhist Indu and Christians today’s and past ones. We are talking in all of about millions of them who arewere vegans or vegetarians with early Christians being mainly vegan. Among them also many “scientists” like DaVinci Einstein B.Franklin Edison Tesla Newton Darwin Pythagoras . What kind of technology did they have at their time? By the way do you think that without technology you could farm animals? The China study included thousands of individuals and has shown without reasonable doubt the health benefits of leaving meat eggs and diary out of your diet. I personally don’t buy any particular processed food nor added vitamins. I think I live pretty well surely much better than before. Every single person that I have managed to “vegganize” seems to think the same…oh sorry it must be the whiskey!! You think that omnivorous are healthier…you think fair enough. Unfortunately there is not scientific data that can back you up though. In fact epidemiological studies don’t support your theory. You should also note that many vegans were meat eaters earlier in their life many vegans nowadays are actually born so. I wonder if you have ever become vegan for let’s say more than a year. ‘Cause if you don’t try you don’t know Anyhow I shall tell my family to contact you when I die so that you can say that I died ’cause of my diet!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher My question was in regards to your comment “Come and let me show you the ecological devastation of a soybean field sometime. ” My point was that to make a pound of meat you have to feed an animal several pounds of plant material varies of course with the feed and the animal. So meateating exacerbates the devastation of which you speak.

  • Ariel says:

    Kristin Iannarella Please allow me to explain. This is an ANIMAL RIGHTS’ blog site. This is NOT an “animal welfare” blog site. There is a difference between “animal welfare” and “animal rights.” So Kristin you cannot have it both ways with eating meat animal welfare and honestly say that you believe in the rights of animals to its fullest meaning. “Ethical” treatment of animals according to animal rights’ beliefs actually extends beyond making them comfortable before slaughter providing comfortable living conditions when they live in barbaric testing labs etc. “Animal rights” is truly believing that animals are not ours to eat exploit or to torture under any circumstances…and acting on it. Therefore what you defined as what would be accomplishing “our purpose” is not our total purpose as animal rights’ activists. Our goals are to totally eliminate animal suffering and exploitation. To some other posts in general from the antiactivists Since this is an ANIMAL RIGHTS’ blog site to which you are welcome please have the courtesy or common sense of realizing that you are sounding off to animal rights’ activists who are totally dedicated and most are extremely knowledgeable due to years of being involved in animal rights. When you present your anticomments thinking they are humorous or having intentions of being derogatory or attempting to negate then you are clearly telling us about yourselves. You are telling us that you have no knowledge whatsoever concerning animal rights’ issues…and you are telling us how insensitive you are not particularly towards us but to helpless beings. Please keep mind that we are definitely not offended with your ridiculous comments…because for anyone to be involved in animal rights it not only includes having compassion and being selfless it also includes having a tremedous ability to confront the atrocities that are done to helpless living beings. So with that in mind and without having to repeat it I totally agree with Ana’s post on Sept. 20 please refer

  • Ana says:

    Sylvia I did not pose that question Cochran did. Please read the comments carefully and look at the correct name before making accusatory remarks. BTW I am VEGAN!

  • Giorgio says:

    From a son of an animal farmer who has become vegan two years ago and is also a regular blood donor You can’t be an animal right believer and then eat them it does not make sense. Basically I can take you to ANY compassionate or not animal farm and you would understand what I am saying. Those who have seen any herbivore panting should stop watching too many cartoons sorry for teasing you but your are too funny. Meat eaters like I was and so my family are very emotionally dependent on their own habits exactly like smokers alcoholics etc.. Their are unfortunately emotionally unhealthy as they speak out of their anger and not much with the reason they believe it distinguish them from the animals. Have a nice peaceful day everybody.

  • Tom says:

    comments were to Mark.

  • Melissa says:

    I meant to address my post to Christopher not Ana. Sorry for any confusion!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    KathyF If not for modern technology you would require meat to survive. The microbes on dirty vegetables wouldn’t cut it. Mike I don’t completely understand your question. I have extensively defended my opinion in another post though. Ariel I have extensively explained why a selectively omnivorous diet is healthier than vegan in other posts. Cappuccino I have no idea what you are saying. You shouldn’t drink whiskey in the middle of the day. Everybody have a great weekend.

  • Ana says:

    Melissa I did not pose any question!!! So what’s your point?? That was Cochran look carefully.

  • rojo says:

    ariel you seem to be suffering footinmouth disease perhaps you should reread Chris’s post. The last recorded human case of Foot and Mouth disease in britain was in 1966.

  • Silvia says:

    Hey! I didn’t write that at all!! The comment that I tried to post said “Please!! This is not about what humans are ‘made to do.’ I’m no biology expert but most of today’s human population wouldn’t even be around if rules like natural selection still applied to us. The fact is that vegetariansvegans survive just as well as if not better than meateaters. If you can do something easy like change your diet to not support animal abuse and suffering why not?”

  • Tom says:

    Dear bekki kalk The damage done by the amount of food fed to cows far outweights the damage that would be done if one were to eat a plantbased diet despite what you may have heard. Although cows are raised in small pens the grains they eat are not grown there. So there is much more strain on the environmental than you are seeing. Also keep in mind that most cows are kept in factory farms where they don’t have access to graze the land like you see them do in the country. I am happy you are against “cruelty” to animals! I hope not everyone writes vegans off as being selfrighteous. Most of us aren’t. And the ones that are annoy me too! I don’t like for vegans to get a bad reputation since veganism is something very important to me personally. For the record though bekkiI don’t consider this display as being selfrighteous as they are just dressed up in cute costumes warning you of diseases you could get from meat! lol Personally I don’t think this is very effective though. I do think the “meat is murder” slogan is offensive and I would never go around saying that. Remember everyone the vegans you encounter that you think are “over the top” may just be that way due to the highly emotional nature of some of the issues. Most of us are downtoearth kind hearted helpful and not judgemental.

  • Melissa says:

    Ana please think more critically about your question! It is obvious that it will never be the case that all slaughterhouses close down simultaneously release their animals and we will be left wondering “oh dear what will I do with these cows grazing on my front lawn?” The point is to reduce buying meat and animal products so that the demand goes down resulting in the slaughterhouses breeding less animals and therefore keeping less animals in wretched inhumane conditions.

  • Kristin Iannarella says:

    Silvia A person can believe in animal rights and still eat meat. I believe we are all fighting for the ETHICAL treatment of animals. If we can get to the point where animals are not tortured and do not feel tremendous amounts of pain in order to be consumed like they have been for hundreds of years then our purpose would be accomplished. And who are you to call someone stupid because they are posting their opinions. Keep your fascist tyranny to yourself.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Mars Can you enlighten me as to which herbivores pant? Herbivores certainly do have incisors. Carnivores have sharp scissorlike molars which overlap while herbivores have wide molars that make contact with each other. What type do you have? From Wiki Most foxes live 2 to 3 years but can survive for up to 10 years or even longer in captivity. Rabbits generally live between four and twenty years. Christopher how many pounds of soy does it take to make one pound of beef?

  • cappuccino says:

    to mars and christopher cochran all you want to do is to eat meat so do what you cannot let but instead of using a knife and a fork at a fine dressed table go out into the jungle or the savannah without any weapons and tools and kill an american or an african buffalo with your finger nails and your teeth but before make sure that you are accompanied by a dentist and a bone collector!!!

  • KathyF says:

    Dr. Cochran are you actually saying I need meat to survive? Because I haven’t had any for gosh about 15 years now. Do you suppose…nah. I can’t be dead. Can I?

  • KathyF says:

    Mars are you actually from Mars?! That might explain why your teeth look like my dog’s or that of the lions that are kept in zoos here on Earth. Why don’t you send us a photo of your teeth so we can see those sharp incisors and canines? Do you have claws too?

  • Ariel says:

    Picking out just a few uneducated highlights 1.”Humans are built to eat meat.”courtesy of Mark 2.”Humans have incisors and the same teeth as carnivores…” courtesy of Mars 3.Plus some of the information from Dr.? Cochran who came to this site to give his “expertise” and seeking an “intelligent discussiondebate” yet slings barbs occasionally. Oh well let’s move on with some factual education 1. If humans were meant to eat meat and other animalrelated foods then we would not be prone from it to be diagnosed with arteriosclerosis strokes be another statistic for cardiac bypass surgery sudden onsets of cardiac arrest andor sudden onset of cardiac fatalities. Of course there are other factors that can contribute to these types of diagnoses but changing to a vegetarian diet can reverse some of these conditions or prolong the life span with some of the other conditions minus the fatalities too late. 2. Nature provided carnivorous animals with fangs to tear apart their prey meat but evolution has maintained fangs for domesticated carnivorousomnivorous animals. Human animals do not have fangs and the knife for dining and fork was not invented until the most later centuries for the “convenience” of eating meat and other foods. 3. For the second time “Dr.” Cochran has avoided addressing the very real potentials and continuous daily diagnoses mentioned in 1. And…more people get sick from cat and dog diseases than all those diseases those fellows are protesting “Dr.” Cochran? That would be quite the shocking news to the medical profession who I suppose according to your expertise has been misdiagnosing patients throughout the years claiming that they are other types of diseases despite medical research and documented proof. And the medical insurance companies are not going to be too happy when they find out that they have been shelling out money for all those “misdiagnosed” patients “incompetent” doctors and to the hospitals. Oh well at least the lawyers will be happy. Mark and to all other antianimal rights’ advocates animal activists are not affected in the least by being called “arrogant” or any other derogatory namecalling. Animal rights’ is not a Mr.Mrs.Ms. Congeniality contest. How ever negatively you think of us and say about us your opinions of us does not change the facts about the torture and suffering that animals endure nor do your opinions discourage us one bit from our goals to help those animals.

  • Ana says:

    Why respond to flesh eaters and animal haterskillers??? Just a waste of time. Obviously they are very lonely or have a lot ot time on their hands or both that they have to reiterate on an animal rights blog the same crappy mundane arguments to justify their lack of compassion for the other animals . There are many sites that defend veganism on moral ethical religious health and scientific grounds so they simply need to read these. There is not enough space in the comments section to enumerate all of these. Please focus on positive people doing wonderful things to helpsave animals. I have heard and read all of the same arguments ad nauseum. AGAIN THIS IS AN ANIMAL RIGHTS BLOGFORUM WHERE ANIMAL ADVOCATES DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF ANIMALS WE ARE AGAINST THE OPPRESSION OF ALL ANIMALS. I have had cats all of my life including during my pregnancies and so have many of my friends but have never become ill because of them. On the other hand humans have infected me with their illnesses. Also human stupidity certainly gives me a headache. PETA UK good job!!! ANIMAL LIBERATION!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    That’s right Mark. You are on the wrong website. This website is for people who BELIEVE not KNOW. This is sounding more and more like a religion based on emotion rather than a philosophy based in facts all the time.

  • silvia says:

    Mark i think are in the wrong website why even waste the spce on the page just to post your stupid comments dont forget that this is a website for THOSE who BELIEVE in animal rights and your not one of us.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Cappuccino Human beings without a doubt are omnivores. We have very close relatives who are herbivores namely gorillas and they have enormous guts. We climbed down out of the trees and began eating meat imparting the ability to grow huge relatively speaking brains as we evolved. The remnants of a largely plant digesting gut is the appendix. I do not know what amount of boxtops you traded for your biology degree but you got cheated. Come and let me show you the ecological devastation of a soybean field sometime. Remember Carnivoreshort short gut i.e. dog lion tiger. Meat Only. Omnivoreintermediate gut i.e. bear human pig raccoon opossum. Best of both Worlds but needs both to survive. Herbivore very long gut with or without multipocketed stomachs ie cow horse goat deer rhino elephant. Must eat gobs and gobs of plant material but survives and thrives on plants alone.

  • Mars says:

    “1. meateaters sweat from the tongue humans and other vegetarian animals not!” Wrong animals pant to cool off and their tongues do not sweat.Carnivores and herbavores all pant. “2. meateaters have sharp teeth and claws humans and other vegetarian animals not!” Wrong. Meat eaters have incisors. Herbivores do not.Humans have incisors and the same teeth as carnivores not herbivores. “4. meateaters have shorter lifes than humans and most other vegetarian animals if they are not slaughtered by meateaters!” Wrong. Prey animals have shorter lifespans then predators.A fox will outlive a rabbit several times over.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Salad and hemorrhagic diarrhea! Cats and toxoplasmosis tinea P.multocida infections! Akee fruit and Pancreatitis! I am in process of designing my ultraobscure diseases protest costume but I am not sure what an akee fruit looks like. Oh yeah more people get sick from cat and dog carried diseases every year than all those diseases those fellows are protesting. Down with Cats and Dogs!?!

  • cappuccino says:

    Mark your confused statement is not very enlightening but for to make it short just this the human being is not meant to eat meat 1. meateaters sweat from the tongue humans and other vegetarian animals not! 2. meateaters have sharp teeth and claws humans and other vegetarian animals not! 3. meateaters have short intestines humans and other vegetarian animals not! 4. meateaters have shorter lifes than humans and most other vegetarian animals if they are not slaughtered by meateaters! 5. meateaters are able to defend themselves with their teeth and claws humans and other vegetarian animals do better in running away during evolution process the human being learned to develop special weapons like rifles but the body itself is helpless and we have not at all an intellectual shortcoming many animal protectors here have degrees! and you should go to the website ‘godsdirectcontact’ or look on google ‘vegan and vegetarian elite of the world’ and you shall see who on this planet was and is actually vegetarian maybe this makes you a little less arrogant!

  • dumbo says:

    hi jack there is another error on the alicia silverstone blog it doesn’t put the text through!

  • We shall rock you says:

    PETA UK protesters you are great and the animal costumes are soooooo cute love you!!!

  • John says:

    Just wanted to test comments.

  • Mark says:

    There is nothing more annoying that selfrighteous “Activists” who claim to “Know” they are right. Humans are built to eat meat. Our systems are evolutionary wonders or development. The only real poblem with humans is HOW we eat meat. Also that PETA claims to care for animals but would rather see a dog cat or bird put down rather than live as a domesticated pet is hypocritical in the extreme. Wolves and Big Cats are also evolved to the current domestic canine and feline incarnations we see today because many millenia ago they recognized human stewardship as a path simpler path to survival and propogation. Your arrogance and ignorance as an excuse for your intellectual shortcomings is pathetic and that you would waggle your fingers and tsk your tongues at humans doing what humans were evolved to do is just plain dumb. I don’t condone “Cruelty” to animals but I would rather eat beef than destroy 10 x’s the acreage to grow the equal amount of soy protein it would take to feed me over a decade. Overgrowing and over use of land is just as dabgerous if not a more permanent scar than raising 10 cows a year on 1 quarter the acreage to provide the same protein yield.

  • Mark says:

    There is nothing more annoying that selfrighteous “Activists” who claim to “Know” they are right. Humans are built to eat meat. Our systems are evolutionary wonders or development. The only real poblem with humans is HOW we eat meat. Also that PETA claims to care for animals but would rather see a dog cat or bird put down rather than live as a domesticated pet is hypocritical in the extreme. Wolves and Big Cats are also evolved to the current domestic canine and feline incarnations we see today because many millenia ago they recognized human stewardship as a path simpler path to survival and propogation. Your arrogance and ignorance as an excuse for your intellectual shortcomings is pathetic and that you would waggle your fingers and tsk your tongues at humans doing what humans were evolved to do is just plain dumb. I don’t condone “Cruelty” to animals but I would rather eat beef than destroy 10 x’s the acreage to grow the equal amount of soy protein it would take to feed me over a decade. Overgorwing and over use of land is just as dabgerous if not a more permanent scar than raising 10 cows a year on 1 quarter the acreage to provide the same protein yield.

  • bekki kalk says:

    its so great that your making a difference! hahaand the costumes are cute too! the cows the cutest!

  • Niranjan says:

    Those costumes are really good! The message is LOUD CLEAR! Go Veg!

  • Quwen Quiola Qyiz says:

    Heh I love the animals. Ohmigozz0rz hot cowsz udder. O

  • Alan says:

    Sorry to have to put you right again here guys with the facts but the recent cases of foot and mouth in the UK occured in Surrey in the South of England which I believe is approx 140 miles east of Bristol. It is believed that the outbreak was caused by a leaking drainage pipe at a local laboratory site used to develop vaccines and subsequent severe flooding that affected the area. Pretty poor Bio Security and someone needs their butt kicked. Anyway shouldn’t those cute little posters read “Blah Blah Blah Go Entirely Plant Based Diet!” That is of course unless you are into purely self righteous lifestyle gestures then Go Veg! Long live the meatless and guiltless oh how simple ……

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    What do you propose we do with all the critters after they are emancipated?

  • Ana says:

    This is great!!!! These people did a wonderful job in their lovely costumes. Go PETAUK!!! The easiest solution is to GO VEGAN!! Enough said!

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