Naked Women at Ottawa Ribfest to Make Point That Humans and Animals Have the Same Parts

Nude Activists Painted With Butcher's Diagram Will Bare Skin to Protest Eating Meat

For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Ottawa, ON – Three PETA members will be at Ottawa Ribfest on Wednesday protesting the meat industry by wearing nothing but tattoo markings that mimic a butcher’s diagram of body parts and standing behind a poster that reads, “All Animals Have the Same Parts—Try Vegan.” PETA’s point? Factory-farmed animals are made of flesh, blood, and bone, just as humans are. They have the same bodily organs, the same five senses, and the same range of emotions. And of course, we all feel fear and pain, and none of us wants to die violently.

When:   Wednesday, June 18, noon

Where:  Northwest corner of Sparks and O’Connor streets, Ottawa

“Animals aren’t ‘breasts’ or ‘thighs’ or ‘flanks,'” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “They think, feel, and want to live, just as you and I do. We hope to expose others to the benefits of humane vegan dining.”

Every year, billions of animals have their bodies chopped up, labelled as this or that cut, and wrapped in cellophane for the supermarket meat case. PETA encourages people to view animals as more than walking entrées, noting that animals raised for their flesh have personalities and feelings and form families and friendships when given the chance. Factory farms deny animals everything that is natural and important to them, confining them to filthy, cramped cages, stalls, and sheds—where only a steady diet of drugs keeps them alive long enough to be prodded into the slaughterhouse. Chickens, pigs, sheep, and cows routinely undergo debeaking, tail-docking, or castration—mostly without any pain relief.

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