For Immediate Release:
8 February 2018

Weary Travellers Urged to Relate to Animals Suffering in Cramped Cages, Crates, Transport Trucks, and Ships

Sydney – A sow confined to a crate, battery hens crowded into cages, cows languishing in filth, and sheep jammed into transport trucks: these are the images that Sydney-siders were confronted with during Thursday’s peak-hour morning commute, as the city’s train troubles continue.

Holding signs which read, “Peak-Hour Crowding 24/7”, “Can You Relate to Who’s in This Crate?” and “Imagine Never Being Able to Tap Off,” PETA protesters reminded commuters during their uncomfortable journey that hens used for eggs spend their whole lives confined to cages so small that they aren’t able to stretch their wings, mother pigs are imprisoned in farrowing crates so tight that they can’t even turn around, and sheep and cows are jammed into trucks and onto live-export ships and forced to endure long journeys in all weather extremes – and the end of the line is always the slaughterhouse.

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“An hour in a crowded train carriage is unpleasant, but imagine spending your entire life in a cage or crate, standing in your own waste and helpless to leave,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “We can easily spare animals the suffering of such extreme confinement by leaving meat, dairy ‘products’, and eggs off our plates.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that more than 500 million land animals are killed in Australia for their flesh every year. They’re strung upside down and their throats are slit, often while they’re still conscious.

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