Pucker Up! Giant PETA Cow Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day

For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Detroit – PETA has just covered the side of The Randolph with a green, four-story-tall cow ahead of St. Patrick’s Day—and close to several Irish pubs and Corktown, host of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade—suggesting that cows should be kissed, not killed, to help avert the worst effects of the climate catastrophe.

“Cows are gentle animals who would much prefer a kiss over the terror of the slaughterhouse,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges everyone to go green this St. Patrick’s Day by going vegan, sparing animals tremendous suffering and slashing the carbon emissions produced by animal agriculture.”

Most cows used by the meat industry are often confined to cramped, filthy feedlots, where they’re forced to live mired in their own waste. They’re commonly dosed with antibiotics, branded, and castrated, and their horn buds are gouged or burned out of their skulls without any pain relief. On dairy farms, cows are repeatedly forcibly impregnated and then traumatically separated from their newborn calves until their bodies finally wear out and they’re sent to slaughter.

According to the United Nations, about a third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food production, and the largest percentage of these emissions come from the meat and dairy industries. Vegan foods—such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, nuts, and lentils—require less energy, land, and water to produce, and switching to plant-based foods would help drastically reduce human impact on the environment.

PETA’s banner is located at 139 Cadillac Sq.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind