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Nearly Nude Activist Painted With a Butcher's Diagram Braves Frigid Weather to Protest Eating Meat
For Immediate Release:January 4, 2010
Contact:Robbyn Brooks 757-622-7382
Charleston, S.C. -- Defying freezing January temperatures by stripping down to nothing but panties and paint markings that mimic a butcher's diagram of body parts, a PETA member will protest the meat industry behind a poster that reads, "All Animals Have the Same Parts--Go Vegetarian."
When: Tuesday, January 5, 12 noon
Where: Marion Square (intersection of King and Calhoun streets), Charleston
PETA's point? Factory-farmed animals are made of flesh and blood and bone, just as humans are. They have the same bodily organs, the same five senses, and the same range of emotions. And, of course, we all feel fear and pain, and none of us wants to die violently.
Billions of animals every year have their bodies chopped up, labeled as this cut or that, and wrapped in cellophane for the supermarket meat case. PETA is encouraging people to view animals as more than walking entrées, noting that animals raised for their flesh have personalities and feelings and form families and friendships when given the chance. Factory farms deny animals everything that is natural and important to them, confining them to filthy, cramped cages, stalls, and sheds, where only a steady diet of drugs keeps them alive long enough to be prodded to the slaughterhouse. Chickens, pigs, sheep, and cows routinely undergo debeaking, tail-docking, or castration--all without any pain relief.
"Animals aren't 'breasts' or 'thighs' or 'flanks,'" says PETA campaigner Amanda Fortino. "They think, feel, and want to live, just as you and I do. By exposing my body, I hope to expose others to the benefits of a humane vegetarian diet."
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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