PETA’s Pro-Life Campaign Coming to OK City

Supreme Court Decision on Contraception Prompts PETA Ad on Eating for LIFE by Rejecting Killing Animals for Food

For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Oklahoma City, Okla. – Opinions are sharply divided on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that Hobby Lobby and two other family-owned businesses are not required to pay for some forms of contraception, but PETA has come up with an issue that both sides of the debate should be able to agree on: that animals slaughtered for the table should have a right to life and that it can be the choice of kind people to eat “every green plant,” not animals. Chickens’ lives are usually taken at just 6 to 8 weeks of age, and PETA is negotiating with Oklahoma City–area outdoor advertisers to place a billboard near the headquarters of Hobby Lobby that shows the body of a young chicken and reads, “Killed at 7 Weeks. A Buffalo Wing Stops a Beating Heart. Go Vegan.”

“No matter where people stand on contraception or abortion, they can save lives and protect individual liberty three times a day by going vegan,” said Sarah King, PETA’s director of Christian outreach & engagement. “Choosing vegan meals is an empowering way of preserving the lives of all beings.”

PETA wants people to know that the chickens who are killed for food are sent to a terrifying death in a slaughterhouse after just a few weeks of life. The majority of animals killed for human consumption are babies who have yet to see their first birthday.

In today’s industrialized meat and dairy industries, young chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails cut off and are castrated without being given painkillers, fish are cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats, and calves are torn away from their mothers within hours of birth so that people can take the milk that the mother produced for her calf. All these animals experience love, fear, joy, and grief just as humans do, and all of them value their lives and don’t want to die.

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