Choose: ‘Meat Shame’ or ‘Vegan’—Free Bags at Star Market

PETA Demonstrators in Unusual Outfits Will Engage With Shoppers Over Animal Welfare and Worker Safety

For Immediate Release:
July 22, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Boston – Slaughterhouse Shame Month continues on Thursday with an entertaining PETA protest outside a Star Market, where supporters will stand with paper bags over their heads and wear shirts that read, “I Bought Meat and a Slaughterhouse Worker Died From COVID-19” or “I Bought Meat and an Animal Was Killed for It.” Lively conversations are bound to ensue. Other demonstrators will offer shoppers a choice of two free shopping bags: a nice tote sporting the words “I Care About Animals and Workers. I Buy Vegan Foods” or a paper bag that states, “I Don’t Care About Animals or Workers. I Buy Meat.”

When:    Thursday, July 23, 1–2:30 p.m.

Where:    Star Market, 53 Huntington Ave., Boston

The group notes that confining and killing animals for food are linked to SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19—and a new strain of swine flu with “pandemic potential” is now spreading from pigs to humans in China.

“We’re giving shoppers food for thought in an interesting way,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges everyone to think before they choose a bag and to buy vegan foods that are delicious and healthy and that never caused a pandemic.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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