PETA to ‘Barbecue’ a Human in Kansas City to Show That Meat Is Murder

Flesh of Nearly Naked Activist Will Be 'Grilled' to Mark National Barbecue Month

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Kansas City, Mo. – Hoping to inspire residents to realize that a corpse is a corpse—whether fish, fowl, or even Frank—PETA protesters will “cook” a nearly naked PETA member on a grill outside Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday to mark National Barbecue Month. PETA’s point? That all animals are made of flesh, bone, and blood, just as humans are, and that eating meat entails eating the corpse of an animal who was an individual with feelings and a distinct personality.

When:    Wednesday, May 21, noon

Where:   Outside Jack Stack Barbecue,4747 Wyandotte St. (near the intersection with Ward Parkway), Kansas City, Mo.

“We are challenging Kansas City residents to think about what meat really is,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Communications Lisa Lange. “Flesh is flesh, and animals feel pain and suffer, just as humans do, so if you’d never consider eating another human, you might want to think twice about eating other animals.”

Chickens, pigs, cows, and fish feel pain and fear just as intensely as do the animals who share our homes with us, yet they are abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs and cats were the victims. On today’s factory farms, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and have their tails cut off without being given any painkillers, and cows are hung upside down and are often skinned while they’re still able to feel pain. On the decks of fishing boats, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive.

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