All animals are made of flesh and blood– including humans.
That’s why three “blood-soaked” PETA supporters – including celebrity activist Tash Peterson – held a demonstration in Sydney’s bustling Pitt Street Mall, lying on giant meat trays covered with cling wrap, complete with barcodes.
The activists challenged passers-by to think about who meat really is.
Eating Meat Is Speciesist
As humans, we instinctively feel compassion and empathy for animals, but we’re taught that it’s OK to enslave and eat some of them, without a second thought as to who they are as individuals.
This learned prejudice is called speciesism – a form of discrimination based on nothing more than species that’s used to justify the exploitation of other animals.
It’s speciesist to believe that the differences between humans and other animals are enough to warrant torturing and killing those we don’t relate to or who don’t look like us. It’s speciesist to dismiss their suffering because it benefits us.
Meet Your Meat
In the meat industry, lambs are torn away from their loving mothers to be packed into filthy trucks bound for the abattoir, the throats of many chickens are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and their tails are cut off without painkillers, and cows endure a years-long cycle of pregnancies, births, and stolen babies.
If you gave most people a knife, there’s no way they would want to kill an animal standing in front of them.
For the sake of humans and other animals alike, we must urgently make the connection between meat and animal suffering.
Next time you’re at the supermarket and you see the flesh of an animal wrapped in plastic on the shelf, remember that those breasts, legs, or rumps were taken from someone who was dragged trembling into an abattoir and fought the knife until the very end.
So many delicious plant-based proteins are available to choose from instead.
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