PETA Memorial Will Encourage People to Help Prevent More Animals' Deaths by Going Vegan
For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2020
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Hartford Township, Ohio – In honor of the birds who died when a barn at Trillium Farms—which uses 7 million chickens to produce roughly one-third of all eggs in Ohio—caught fire on April 21, PETA plans to place a billboard in the area pointing out who’s responsible for their deaths: everyone who hasn’t gone vegan.
“Each of these birds was an individual who felt pain and fear as smoke and flames engulfed the barn,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges everyone to practice kindness to sensitive birds—as well as pigs, cows, and other animals—by going vegan.”
Hens used for egg production are confined by the tens of thousands to cramped barns, where each bird has no more than 1 square foot of space. They’re sent to be slaughtered once their bodies wear out and they’re no longer considered useful. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut, often while they’re still conscious, and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.
PETA notes that going vegan spares animals immense suffering and helps prevent future pandemics. The COVID-19 pandemic originated in a meat market, previous influenza viruses originated in pigs and chickens, and South Carolina is currently facing a new virulent strain of bird flu.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, the human-supremacist worldview that other species are nothing more than commodities. For more information, please visit PETA.org.