For Immediate Release:
13 January 2016
Group Will Show That No One’s Body Belongs on the Barbie
Melbourne – In advance of Australia Day, PETA is hoping to inspire residents to realise that a corpse is a corpse – whether lamb or human. That’s why members of the group will “cook” a nearly naked activist on a “barbecue” in Melbourne outside Queen Victoria Market on Thursday. A banner attached to the barbecue will read, “Bodies Don’t Belong on the Barbie. Go Vegan”. PETA’s point? That all animals are made of flesh, bone and blood, just as humans are, and that eating meat entails ingesting the corpse of an animal who had feelings, a family, a distinct personality and a will to live.
When: Thursday, 14 January, 12 pm
Where: The corner of Victoria and Elizabeth streets, Melbourne
“This Australia Day, we’re challenging Australians to think about what meat really is”, says PETA Australia’s Jason Baker. “Flesh is flesh, and animals feel pain and suffer, just as humans do. What revolts people about the idea of eating another human should also apply to the idea of eating any animal.”
Chickens, fish, cows, sheep and pigs feel pain and fear just as intensely as the animals who share our homes with us do, yet they’re abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs and cats were the victims. On today’s factory farms, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and have their tails cut off without being given painkillers and cows are hung upside down and often skinned while they’re still able to feel pain. On the decks of fishing boats, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive.
Australians can do themselves a favour, too, by laying off animal flesh. The World Health Organisation has recently classed processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as being likely carcinogenic to humans. And according to the US-based Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians and vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity than meat-eaters are. Also, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water consumption and pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.