Vegans to BBQ a ‘Dog’ in Indianapolis

Thought-Provoking PETA Protest Will Urge Passersby to Fight Speciesism by Leaving All Animals off Their Plates

For Immediate Release:
June 24, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Indianapolis – Just ahead of July Fourth, one of the biggest grilling days of the year, a group of PETA supporters will serve up some food for thought about speciesism—a human-supremacist worldview—on Tuesday, when they’ll barbecue a “dog” on a grill. A banner will proclaim, “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Pig?”

When:    Tuesday, June 25, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of W. Washington and N. Illinois streets, Indianapolis

“When it comes to feeling pain and fear, a pig is no different from a dog, a cat, or a human,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging anyone who’s disturbed by the prospect of chowing down on a chow chow to extend that compassion to all other animals and go vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that because of speciesism, pigs are routinely abused in ways that would be illegal if the victims were dogs or cats. In today’s pork industry, pigs’ tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—all without any pain relief. At the slaughterhouse, they’re hung upside down, often while still conscious, and bled to death.

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