A group of PETA activists have staged a “crime scene” in Sydney’s famous Pitt Street Mall with the message that “Meat Is Murder: Go Vegan”.
Protesters lay in outlines of pigs, sheep, chickens, cows and fish to remind Australians that these animals – the victims of speciesism – deserve the same consideration and compassion as all living beings.
As humans, we instinctively feel compassion and empathy for animals, but we’re taught that it’s OK to kill and eat some of them without a second thought as to who they are as individuals.
Cows have been observed playing with balls, pigs prefer sleeping nose to nose, lambs wag their tails just like dogs when they’re happy, chickens are protective parents, and fish feel pain and suffer just as we, and all other animals, do.
Yet humans cram cows into barren, faeces-filled feedlots; put pigs into gas chambers where they writhe and scream in pain as they suffocate; dismember lambs for “chops” and chickens for “nuggets”, and pull fish out of their ocean homes to suffocate to death. Every single one of them fights to stay alive.
The protest also marked World Day for Farmed Animals and the International Day of Nonviolence – which, fittingly, fall on the same date (since it would be hypocritical to preach nonviolence with the carcass of a tortured animal in your mouth.)
Thankfully, the range of vegan food available to Australians grows every day, making it easier than ever to stop participating in the mass murder of animals. If you’re not sure how to get started, you can download a free vegan starter kit via the button below: