For Immediate Release:
24 January 2019

Just Ahead of Australia Day, Thought-Provoking PETA Protest Urges Passers-By to Leave All Animals off Their Plates

Sydney – Just as Sydney-siders were deciding what to cook for lunch on Australia Day, PETA supporters today barbecued a “dog” in the middle of Pitt Street Mall over a banner proclaiming, “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Lamb? Go Vegan!”

Images are available here, here and here. Video is available on request.

“When it comes to the capacity to suffer and feel pain and fear, a dog is no different from a lamb, a pig, a chicken, or a cow,” says PETA’s Emily Rice. “PETA is urging anyone who’s repulsed by the prospect of chowing down on dog meat 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 in the meat industry, lambs are torn away from their loving mothers to be packed into filthy trucks bound for the abattoir, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and their tails are cut off without painkillers, and cows are hung upside down in abattoirs before their throats are slit. On the decks of fishing boats, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.