PETA's Provocative Display Will Give Passersby Food for Thought When It Comes to Choosing Their Holiday Meal
For Immediate Release:
December 15, 2015
Catie Cryar 202-483-7382
With just a couple of weeks left until families gather for another holiday dinner, a nearly nude PETA supporter will lie on a giant plate—complete with to-scale cutlery and a side of vegetables—at a downtown Des Moines intersection. A banner above the plate will read, “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate: Go Vegan This Christmas.” PETA’s point? Just like humans, animals are individuals who have thoughts, feelings, and personalities and want to live.
Where: The southeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue, Des Moines
When: Wednesday, December 16, 12 p.m.
“No one wants to die for someone else’s meal, so PETA is asking caring people everywhere to extend the spirit of holiday giving to the animals who are never given a choice,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Animals slated to be slaughtered, packaged, and served for Christmas dinner are capable of feeling joy, love, pain, and fear, just like every one of us.”
Every year, billions of animals’ bodies are chopped up, labeled, and wrapped in cellophane for the supermarket meat case. PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” notes that eating animal-derived foods causes suffering on a massive scale. In today’s industrialized meat and dairy industries, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without being given any painkillers, and calves are torn away from their mothers within 48 hours of birth.
For more information, visit PETA.org.