Barbecued ‘Baby’ Raises a Ruckus at Food Festival

Barbecued ‘Baby’ Raises a Ruckus at Food Festival

WinchesterToday, 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” – to push passers-by to think twice about who they’re chowing down on. Armed with signs declaring, “Leave Babies Off the BBQ. Go Vegan!” and “Chickens Are Just 6 Weeks Old When Eaten,” PETA supporters encouraged everyone to eat vegan when firing up the grill this summer and spare baby sheep, chickens, and cows – who are usually killed when they’re no older than 26 weeks.

Photos are also available here (credit: Mark Kerrison) and here (credit: PETA).

“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,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA is calling on anyone repulsed by the prospect of grilling a newborn to leave baby animals in peace and off their plates.”

All animals are someone’s baby, regardless of species. And every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals a year. 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.

In addition, 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.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA’s website or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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