Missouri’s New Meat-Labeling Law Sparks PETA Protest

Vegan Meat Giveaway Says You Can't Seriously Define Meat as Solely a Product 'Harvested' From 'Livestock or Poultry'

For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2018

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Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

St. LouisWhat:    On Thursday, PETA supporters will descend on St. Louis to pass out free vegan meat in defiance of a ridiculous, desperate, misguided, and insupportable new Missouri law that makes it a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent “a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry.” Protesters will also hold signs proclaiming, “Save 200 Animals a Year: Eat Vegan Meat!” and “Slaughtering Animals Is a Real Crime: Go Vegan!”

When:    Thursday, October 11, 12 noon

Where:    The intersection of Washington Avenue and N. Seventh Street, St. Louis

“This destructive new law is basically a thank-you to the meat industry for making political contributions and flies in the face of logic and the First Amendment,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, a vegan of over 45 years. “In the Bible, ‘food’ is translated as ‘meat,’ and PETA encourages everyone to enjoy the many healthy vegan foods on the market.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that unlike animal flesh, vegan meat is packed with fiber and contains no saturated animal fat or cholesterol. It also spares pigs, chickens, cows, and other sensitive animals daily suffering and a terrifying, bloody death in today’s meat industry.

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