PETA Asks for Pig-Free Meals As Peppa Takes the Stage
For Immediate Release:
April 5, 2019
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Charleston, S.C. – As tickets have gone on sale for the highly anticipated Peppa Pig’s Adventure! at the Charleston Gaillard Center, PETA sent the theater a letter this morning calling on its restaurant, Cafe 95, to honor Peppa by serving exclusively vegan meals throughout her show’s run—or, even better, indefinitely.
“Peppa’s young fans would be horrified to learn that the bacon, ham, and prosciutto served in the Gaillard Center’s café are made from sensitive pigs just like her,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is calling on the theater to spare animals immense suffering by adopting a delicious vegan menu that all theatergoers can enjoy.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group has offered to provide the café with vegan sausages to serve during the run of Peppa Pig’s Adventure!
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PETA’s letter to the Charleston Gaillard Center follows.
April 5, 2019
President and CEO
Gaillard Management Corporation
Dear Mr. Bedard,
I’m writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide, including many hundreds across South Carolina, after learning that tickets are on sale for Peppa Pig’s Adventure! in September. We have a request: Out of respect for Peppa, we urge you to serve only vegan food in Cafe 95 during the show’s run—or even better, for good.
Many of the young children who will cheer for Peppa would be horrified to learn that items on the café’s menu, including bacon, ham, and prosciutto, are made from pigs like her. As you know, pigs are extremely good-natured. They’re playful, affectionate, and sensitive, just like the dogs and cats who share our homes. Yet pigs used for food spend their lives confined to filthy factory farm sheds and are denied everything that’s natural and important to them, such as nurturing their young and rooting in the earth. Pigs’ tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—without any painkillers. At slaughterhouses, they’re hung upside down and bled to death, quite often while still conscious.
If you take meat off the menu, you may find that visitor numbers increase when news of the change gets out, as the number of vegans has skyrocketed by 600 percent since 2014. It’s also better for your patrons’ health. Eating meat, especially processed meat, has been linked to suffering from heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Unlike animal meat, pork-free ham, vegan bacon, and vegan sausage are healthy, cruelty-free, and full of fiber and have zero cholesterol.
Peppa shows others that she’s not a piece of bacon or a ham sandwich but rather an individual with emotions and the capacity to feel joy. We hope you’ll agree to serve only vegan meals during the show, and PETA would be happy to help by supplying your café with tasty, protein-rich vegan ham or sausages on the day of the performance. Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk