Why Did PETA Barbecue a ‘Baby’?

Posted by on July 15, 2022 | Permalink

Does the prospect of grilling a newborn repulse you? If so, leave baby animals in peace and off your plate.

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To push passers-by to think twice about who they’re chowing down on, PETA’s “chef” cooked a lifelike doll on a barbecue outside the Winchester Foodies Festival – part of the annual National BBQ Week’s “BBQ RoadShows”.

© Mark Kerrison

With signs declaring “Babies Don’t Belong on the BBQ” and “We’re All Made of the Same Parts”, PETA supporters encouraged everyone to eat vegan when firing up the grill this summer.

All Animals Are Someone’s Baby

Did you know that sheep, chickens, and cows are usually killed when they’re no older than 26 weeks?

They are mere babies, just the same as humans in their capacity to feel fear and pain and their desire to live. It’s only prejudice based on species – known as speciesism – that allows humans to treat some animals as nothing more than ingredients.

Cows in the meat industry are often confined to filthy factory farms and may spend their entire lives indoors. At the slaughterhouse, workers shoot them in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throat – often while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.

Choose Vegan BBQ

From smoked tofu burgers to animal-free bacon, there are plenty of sizzling vegan options that are as kind to animals as they are delicious.

It’s a no-brainer: when you go vegan, you save the lives of nearly 200 animals a year, become healthier, and help tackle the climate catastrophe.

Vegan barbecues are reportedly 43% healthier than meaty ones, and producing and barbecuing a single beef burger releases enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to fill more than 60 party balloons, compared with just eight for a vegan burger.

Not sure where to start? PETA is here to help! Here’s all you need to know to make your vegan BBQ the greatest celebration of the summer, all while being kind to animals: