Vegans to BBQ a ‘Dog’

Just Ahead of Memorial Day, Thought-Provoking PETA Protest Will Urge Passersby to Leave All Animals off Their Plates

For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Houston – Just as shoppers are deciding what to put on the grill this Memorial Day, PETA supporters will barbecue a “dog” on Thursday above a banner proclaiming, “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Pig?”

When:    Thursday, May 23, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of Milam and Capitol streets, Houston

“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 repulsed 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, which is a human-supremacist worldview, 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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