A brief little blurb appeared in India’s Express News Service earlier this month that read,
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will organize an awareness campaign against cow slaughter on Tuesday at the Panchwati Circle on C G Road. Dressed as ‘angel of death’ and ‘cow’, PETA activists will enact the slaughtering of a cow to create an awareness about the ill-treatment meted out to the cattle.
Alleging that these animals are treated badly at the slaughter houses, PETA plans to spread the message that ‘Leather is not vegetarian’ and promote the use of goods made from synthetic material.
I just can’t imagine a better costume for a PETA activist than the angel of death — maybe Ingrid Newkirk could dress up like that for Halloween?
Anyway, intrigued, I couldn’t find much else about this specific event, but apparently PETA has been conducting simulated cow slaughters in India for quite some time.
A press release sent out by Jason Baker in February 2001 noted that PETA planned to stage a simulated calf slaughter to protests an abattoir in front of the Gateway to India, which is a popular tourist attraction in Mumbai. According to that press release,
To draw attention to the suffering of cattle at Deonar, an Â‘Angel of DeathÂ’ will beat a life-like Â‘bull calfÂ’ to death, soaking the pavement in his Â‘bloodÂ’, in front of The Gateway to India while PETA members hold signs reading, Â‘India: Stop Cruel Cattle transportÂ’ and Â‘Close Deonar NowÂ’. PETA is protesting at the Gateway, MumbaiÂ’s top tourist draw, hoping to educate both local residents and tourists about the sad state of cattle in Mumbai.
Then in October 2002, PETA’s Poorva Joshipura sent out a press release that PETA would do the same thing in Delhi to protest the government’s failure to pass an animal cruelty law that PETA favored. According to that press release,
To draw attention to the suffering of animals during transport to slaughter, an Â‘Angel of DeathÂ’ will beat a life-like Â‘bull calfÂ’, soaking the pavement in his Â‘bloodÂ’ (red paint), at Jantar Mantar crossing while PETA members hold signs reading, Â‘India: Stop Cruel TransportÂ’ and Â‘Vajpayee: Strengthen Penalties for Animal AbuseÂ’. PETA is protesting in Delhi, hoping to encourage Prime Minister Vajpayee to pass legislation that would increase the currently outdated and ineffective penalties for overcrowded transport and other cruelty to animals. PETA also hopes to encourage officials to take tangible action to stop rampant beating and such severe and unlawful overcrowding of animals during transport that their bones break, they suffocate and many die.
I’d love to see pictures/and or video of that.
PETA to stage ‘cow slaughter’. Express News (India), February 15, 2005.
Â‘CalfÂ’ To Be Beaten And Tortured By PETA. Press Release, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, October 23, 2002.
‘Calf’ Effigy To Be Slaughtered In Front Of Gateway To India. Press Release, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, February 20, 2001.