A protest held by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) took place today in Manchester city centre this morning.
The demonstration aimed to raise awareness of the treatment of animals coming up to Christmas, encouraging people to go vegan.
The event took place this morning at 9.30am on Market Street – and lasted approximately half an hour.
Rochdale born Kirsty Henderson, 29, senior campaign coordinator at PETA, said: “We are here in Manchester with our giant Christmas plate to remind people that regardless of whether it is a turkey, a chicken, or a goose, flesh is flesh.
“Turkeys for example are sensitive, intelligent animals who feel things just like us, they are so much more than just Christmas dinner.
“There are videos available, which show that so called “free range” turkeys, having injuries so bad that you can see through their skull into their brain.
“This is what Turkey’s live through every single day just so that we can have a Christmas meal – there is no need for us to have suffering as our centerpiece.”
Chloe Galard, 22, the women lying on the ‘plate’, is an intern at PETA, and has been involved in many other protests like this. PETA – who’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – states that turkeys in the wild can live up to ten years, however when killed for Christmas dinners they are normally killed at between 12 to 26 weeks of age.
PETA – who’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – states that turkeys in the wild can live up to ten years, however when killed for Christmas dinners, they are normally killed at between 12 to 26 weeks of age.
Elisa Allen, director of PETA UK, added: “PETA is encouraging people to extend the holiday spirit of peace and goodwill to all, by leaving animals off their plates this Christmas.
“Thanks to the array of mock meats available, it’s easier than every to enjoy a festive meal packed with all the flavour but none of the cruelty of meat.”
In order to spread further awareness, the same protest is set to take place this afternoon in Liverpool city centre.