Fatal Viruses Are Linked to the Meat Industry: PETA Will Urge JBS USA to Reinvent Itself in the 21st Century by Switching to Vegan Beef
For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2020
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Plainwell, Mich. – Dressed in hazmat suits and brandishing signs proclaiming, “Meat Is a Biohazard,” a group of PETA supporters will gather outside the Plainwell JBS USA slaughterhouse—where 60 workers have tested positive for COVID-19—on Monday, while observing social-distancing practices. The protest follows PETA’s letter to JBS USA’s CEO urging the company to shut down meat production permanently and start producing exclusively vegan meat—and to sweeten the deal, the group has offered to help with the cost of retraining JBS USA’s employees.
When: Monday, April 27, 12 noon
Where: Outside the JBS USA slaughterhouse, 11 11th St. (near W. Baseline Road), Plainwell
“Filthy, wet, blood- and offal-soaked slaughterhouses are breeding grounds for deadly diseases that can jump from animals to humans—and they’re the least safe workplaces in the world,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA suggests that JBS USA modernize, get ahead of the consumer curve, and reinvent itself as a producer of safe and 100% humane vegan meat.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that deadly outbreaks of mad cow disease, swine flu, avian flu, SARS, HIV, hoof-and-mouth disease, and other zoonotic diseases have stemmed from capturing or farming animals for food. The novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese “wet market,” where live and dead animals are sold for human consumption.
PETA opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.