Trafalgar Square Ban Does Not Stop Controversial ‘Holocaust On Your Plate’ Exhibit
Graphic Display Juxtaposes Today’s Factory-Farm Horrors With Nazi Death Camps; Arrests May Occur
For Immediate Release:
6 May 2004
Andrew Butler 020 7357 9229, ext 230
Dawn Carr 020 7357 9229, ext 224
London – Despite a ban pronounced by the City of Westminster and the Greater London Authority (GLA), members of PETA Europe will unveil the group’s controversial ‘Holocaust on Your Plate’ display for the first time in the UK in London’s Trafalgar Square. The exhibit graphically depicts the point made by famed Yiddish writer and Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer when he wrote, ‘In relation to [animals], all people are Nazis’.
The display, coordinated by PETA U.S. Campaign Coordinator Matt Prescott, members of whose family were murdered by the Nazis, consists of eight large panels, each showing photos of factory-farm and slaughterhouse scenes side by side with photos from Nazi death camps.
Despite Trafalgar Square’s historic status as a focal point for social and political protest, the GLA denied PETA Europe’s permit request because of the exhibit’s ‘graphic’ nature:
Date: 11 May
Time: 12 noon sharp
Place: Trafalgar Square, base of Nelson’s Column, facing the National Gallery
PETA wants people to consider how the victimisation of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and others who were characterised as ‘life unworthy of life’ during the Holocaust parallels the way that modern society abuses and justifies the slaughter of animals. Just as the Nazis tried to ‘dehumanise’ Jews by forcing them to live in filthy, crowded conditions, tearing them away from their families and killing them in assembly-line fashion, factory farmers deny animals all that is enjoyable and natural to them and treat them as nothing more than meat-, egg- and milk-making ‘machines’. Hens who are raised to produce eggs are crammed on top of each other in small wire cages that do not afford them even enough room to spread a single wing and have their beaks seared off with a hot blade so that they can’t peck each other for space. Pigs are kept on barren, sore-inducing concrete-floored stalls and have their tails cut off – and males suffer the additional abuse of castration – without painkillers. Calves raised for veal are torn from their mothers within hours of birth and kept in tiny, dark stalls, where their joints swell from trying to balance on slippery, waste-covered slats.
‘People are in denial of the torture that is taking place in their own backyards, and that is the very same mindset that made the Holocaust possible – the belief that we can do anything we want to those we decide are different or “inferior”’, says Prescott. ‘We are asking people to bring a deep, all-encompassing compassion into their hearts and onto their tables by embracing a diet that respects other forms of life.’
After the London launch, the exhibit will be displayed in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Brussels.
For more information about PETA’s ‘Holocaust on Your Plate’ Campaign and to view the display, please visit MassKilling.co.uk.