‘Listen Up! We’re Not Your Stuff’: Animals’ Vegan Nativity Scene Covers Columbus Bikeshares

For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

Columbus, Ohio

There’s no room at the inn … for animal exploitation! Because Arch City is a Christmas shopping hub, PETA is posting ads on local bikeshares throughout the city showing a cow, a sheep, a chicken, a pair of geese, and a donkey gathered in a cozy Nativity scene as they appeal to humans to let them live in peace by embracing a vegan lifestyle.

Let Us Live in Peace ad

Credit: PETA

“Our fellow animals feel pain, fear, love, and joy, yet their body parts are often eaten and their skin, fur, and feathers are often worn without a second thought,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Animals have a voice, but humans don’t listen to them, so PETA urges everyone to accept that animals don’t want to die for drumsticks or decor and to choose vegan everything.”

PETA points out that speciesist attitudes—the archaic, human-supremacist notion that other animals exist for human benefit—cause the suffering and deaths of billions of individuals every year. In the leather industry, cows endure intensive confinement, castration, branding, and tail-docking before being violently killed, while screaming sheep are cut to ribbons for wool and birds’ feathers are roughly and repeatedly ripped out for down. In the food industry, animals endure terrifying trips to slaughterhouses in all weather extremes before their throats are slit on blood-soaked floors. Ending these horrors is as simple as opting for the many delicious vegan foods and exciting animal-free clothing and home goods options on the market today.

The ads are located on bikeshares at 750 N. High St., Grandview and Third avenues, High Street and Fourth Avenue, W. Third Avenue, High Street and King Avenue, 1408-1420 Neil Ave., High Street and 11th Avenue, 2570 N. High St., Bruck Street, and 299-281 Buttles Ave.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, or abuse in any other way”—offers a free vegan starter kit. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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