EDMONTON, AB, CANADA — Today, July 21, 2016, bus stop patrons, library goers and those in Sir Churchill Square will get an eye full at noon today as a near naked PETA supporter will be making a statement. In downtown Edmonton, covered with little more than barbecue sauce and lying on a giant plate—complete with to-scale cutlery and a side salad—a sexy PETA supporter will turn heads for sure. Today is the first day of Taste of Edmonton and PETA’s message to festival attendees is “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate”—pointing out that animals raised and killed for food are capable of feeling joy, love, pain, and fear just as humans are.“PETA is challenging people to think about what meat really is, and that’s the corpse of an abused animal who didn’t want to die,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With all the delicious vegan meats and faux dairy foods available these days, it’s never been easier to go vegan.”
In addition to damaging the environment and human health, eating animal-derived foods causes suffering on a massive scale. In today’s industrialized meat and dairy industries, chickens’ and turkeys’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets’ tails and testicles are cut off without the use of painkillers, and calves are torn away from their mothers within 48 hours of birth.