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Images of Torture, Mutilation, and Imprisonment Make the Point That All Exploited Species Suffer
For Immediate Release: March 18, 2011
Contact: Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Calves confined to veal crates on today's factory farms are like children who were once forced to work in coal mines. Battery-caged hens suffer in much the same way that sweatshop workers do. Sponsored by Helping Paws the Liberation Project—the brainchild of peta2, the world's largest youth animal rights organization—will be on display at the University of North Carolina to invite debate from students on these and other comparisons.
When: Monday, March 21, to Thursday, March 24 (all day)
Where: The Quad, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Child labor, human slavery, and the oppression of women and immigrants were addressed only after forward-thinking people challenged the status quo," says peta2 Director Dan Shannon. "Today, nonhuman beings are tormented, denied justice, and slaughtered out of sheer prejudice—just as some human beings have been throughout history."
The exhibit consists of 12 panels with graphic photos juxtaposing past cruelty to women, children, and minorities with photos of animals in similar exploitative situations. With the exhibit, peta2 hopes to inspire students to break down the barriers between species and think about how one's own actions can either perpetuate or stop abuse and exploitation. Click here to view the online version of the exhibit.
Helping Paws is a committee of Campus Y at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The group is made up of college students dedicated to improving the lives of animals in Orange County, North Carolina, and beyond through volunteer efforts with local animal shelters and organizations. It also aims to raise awareness about current pressing animal welfare and rights issues, such as companion-animal overpopulation, cruelty to animals, wildlife preservation, animal testing, and farmed animal welfare.
For more information, please visit peta2.com.
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