PETA Serves Food for Thought After Man Marinates Girlfriend's Dog
August 1, 2014
Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382
Torrance County, N.M. – The horrifying news that a Torrance County man killed, dismembered, marinated, and intended to eat his girlfriend’s dog has prompted PETA to negotiate with Torrance County–area advertisers to display abillboard that questions eating any animal. It depicts an animal who is part dog and part pig and reads, “If You Wouldn’t Eat Your Dog, Why Eat a Pig? Go Vegan,” and PETA—whose motto includes the words “animals are not ours to eat”—hopes it will spark conversation about who, not what, ends up on people’s plates.
“When it comes to feeling pain and suffering, love and fear, let’s consider that dogs, cats, cows, and chickens all deserve to be spared death for a fleeting taste of flesh,” says PETA Vice President of Campaigns Dan Mathews. “PETA encourages everyone who is bothered by this case to try to relate to who is on their plate and consider going vegan.”
Given the opportunity and training, pigs can play computer games, turn on heat in a barn, and perform many other sophisticated tasks. Inquisitive and pleasant-natured, pigs can be loyal, playful, and protective companions—but on factory farms, sows are squeezed into narrow metal stalls barely larger than their own bodies and kept almost constantly pregnant or nursing. Pigs’ tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—all without any painkillers. At slaughterhouses, they are hung upside down and bled to death, often while still conscious.
Going vegan benefits human health and the environment, too. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians are less prone to developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are. In addition, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water consumption and pollution, land degradation, and greenhouse-gas emissions.