Image of Slaughter-Bound Pig Calls On Believers to Recall How Jesus Valued Animals' Lives
For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2014
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – Most people know by now that pigs and other animals raised for food suffer every day of their lives on factory farms and face a terrifying death in slaughterhouses, which begs the question “What would Jesus eat were he alive today?” That’s why—just in time for Easter—PETA is negotiating with outdoor advertisers across the U.S. to place billboards within a stone’s throw of some of the largest churches in the nation, starting with the 22,000-member Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala., and the 7,800-member Hope Community Church in Raleigh, N.C. The billboard shows a pig looking plaintively through the slats on a livestock transport truck, with the caption “Jesus Died So All Could Live. Try Vegan This Easter.” PETA hopes the message of extending compassion to all God’s creation will help the thousands who travel to services every week see pigs for the intelligent, sensitive animals they are and not as food.
“Pigs—and other animals—have the same capacity to feel pain and fear as we humans do,” says PETA Manager Dan Paden. “Extending compassion to all this Easter by following a vegan diet is a wonderful way to honor God’s message of love and understanding.”
Standard practices on pig farms include cutting piglets’ tails and teeth and castrating them, all without pain relief. Sows are often confined to metal crates so small that they can’t even turn around. At slaughterhouses, many pigs have their throats cut or are immersed in the scalding-hot water of hair-removal tanks while they’re still conscious.
In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating ham and other meat—as well as dairy products—may be just as unhealthy as smoking, according to a recent study. Also, raising pigs and other animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation, and the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.
For more information and to find delicious vegan recipes for Easter, please visit PETA.org.