Bodypainted PETA ‘Animals’ to Rally Against All Injustices, Human and Otherwise

For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

St. Louis – On World Day for the End of Speciesism (August 28), naked, bodypainted PETA supporters will gather at the Gateway Arch with signs proclaiming, “Reject WHITE Supremacy,” “Reject HETEROSEXUAL Supremacy,” “Reject HUMAN Supremacy,” “Reject MALE Supremacy,” and “Respect All Living Beings.”

When:    Saturday, August 28, 12 noon

Where:    Gateway Arch, N. Fourth St. (between Chestnut and Market streets), St. Louis

The demonstration is part of PETA’s nationwide call to action against speciesism, the damaging belief that other animals are ours to use and abuse. PETA suggests that people can shift this perspective by choosing cosmetics that aren’t tested on animals, opting for vegan foods and fashion, shunning animal circuses, and rejecting all other ways in which animals are exploited, just as justice-oriented people would never support child labor, watch  “dwarf tossing,” or patronize companies trying out new drugs on people in developing countries.

“PETA is asking everyone to denounce all supremacism, which is a feeling of superiority based on a difference like gender, race, age, or species,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “I am an animal. We are all animals. There aren’t animals and us. We must reject every ugly supremacist idea and show respect for all.”

PETA’s motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”

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