Lucknow, Sep 19 (IANS) On the International Day of Peace (September 21), a ‘bloodied’ person will lie ‘lifeless’ on a giant plate alongside green veggies and a giant knife and fork as part of a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (Peta) campaign to create awareness against animal slaughter.
It is designed to serve as a reminder to passers-by that no one wants to be carved up and served as food.
According to Peta India Campaign Coordinator Radhika Suryavanshi, the program will be held on Friday at the Gandhi statue in the city centre of the Uttar Pradesh capital here.
“The best way to spare animals a miserable life and a terrifying death in the meat industry is to choose healthy, tasty vegan meals. That’s why Peta India is encouraging caring people to celebrate the International Day of Peace by choosing not to eat any animals – on this and every other day of the year,” she said.
Peta India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – points out that animals killed for food suffer terribly, as can be seen in its disturbing and highly publicized video expose “Glass Walls”.
Chickens in factory farms are packed by the thousands into crowded sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which they are forced to stand. They are denied everything that is natural and important to them, according to Peta.
Chickens and other animals killed for food are then crammed into vehicles and transported to slaughterhouses in such high numbers that many sustain broken bones, suffocate, or even die on the way.
At slaughterhouses, workers often hack at the throats of goats, sheep, and others with dull blades.
Fish suffocate or are cut open while they are still alive on the decks of fishing boats, Peta says.
In addition, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, while a 2010 United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan lifestyle is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals per year.