BBQ season is nearly here and in a bid to encourage the general public to “Think Before You Eat” animal rights charity PETA has been barbecuing fake dogs in UK cities.
Vegan activists have taken to the streets of Cardiff and Bristol to roast a “dog” over a banner proclaiming, “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Pig? Go Vegan!”
The campaign aims to change the views of passers-by to make them consider why we eat species such as pigs and cows but love others such as dogs.
This is not the first time the charity has performed this stunt as they carried out a similar protest in Sydney earlier this year which caused controversy after members of the public claimed it was traumatising children.
Despite protests, the charity is standing firmly behind the campaign and believes this type of activism is essential into shocking people to open their eyes to the suffering of animals for food.
In a statement, PETA Director, Elisa Allen, said: “When it comes to the capacity to suffer and feel pain and fear, a dog is no different from a pig, a chicken, or a cow. PETA is urging anyone repulsed by the prospect of chowing down on dog meat to extend that compassion to all other animals and go vegan.”
“In the meat industry, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets’ tails are cut off without painkillers, and cows are hung upside down in abattoirs and their throats are slit. On the decks of fishing boats, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive.”