Group Will Ask Residents to Stop Supporting Abuse of Animals Raised for Food
For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2012
Bangkok — Crouched in cramped stalls used to confine mother pigs on factory farms and holding signs that read, "Sow Stalls Cause Suffering. Go Vegetarian," members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia will urge Bangkok residents to stop eating pigs, chickens, and other animals. PETA's point? That pigs and other animals raised and killed for food suffer every day of their lives and are denied everything that's natural and important to them.
When: Thursday, August 9, 12 noon
Where: Outside Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, 939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai district, Pathumwan subdistrict, Bangkok. (The nearest Metropolitan Rapid Transit station is National Stadium.)
"We're asking people to do animals, the environment, and their own bodies a big favor and go vegetarian," says PETA Asia spokesperson Nuntanit Bumrungsap. "With so many delicious meat-free options available, it's easier than ever to enjoy great food without causing animal suffering."
More than 1 billion animals are slaughtered for food in Thailand every year. Most animals raised for food are confined to filthy, crowded enclosures. Mother pigs spend their lives confined to tiny metal crates. They never feel the warmth and coziness of a nest or the affectionate nuzzle of a mate. Instead, they are surrounded by cold metal bars—which many incessantly chew on because of mind-numbing stress—and lie on wet, feces-coated concrete floors.
Raising animals for food is also killing the planet. Waste, antibiotics, and pesticides from factory farms and slaughterhouses contaminate water sources. Farmed animals produce 13 billion metric tons of excrement a year—that's 48 times as much as the world's human population produces. Much of the world's water supply is quietly being diverted to animal agriculture—even desert nations in Africa and the Middle East are pouring what little water they have into meat production. Each day, animal agriculture consumes a shocking 2.5 trillion liters of water—enough for everyone in the world to take eight showers.
For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.