PETA activists hold protest outside BBQ party
PETA activists took a stand against animal slaughter during the Saturday Pig Roast and BBQ buffet in Onset as guests enjoyed farm-raised pork.
PETA is a non-profit organization that exposes the suffering of animals in laboratories, the food industry, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry.
Despite the blazing sun and 90-degree heat, animal rights activists spend three hours in front of the entrance to the event on Onset Avenue, trying to convey the message that “animals are individuals, not food.”
“There is no humane way to kill somebody who doesn't want to die,” said one of the protestors, Laura “Lulu” Ray. “Animals want to live just like we do, and they deserve to live just like we do. They feel everything we feel and they know exactly what’s happening to them before they get killed.”
People don’t associate food on their plates with inhumane slaughter, said another protestor, Cathy Bauer. She stopped eating meat after she visited a pork factory farm in Colorado. There, she saw a piglet trying to “snuggle up against the person” who took it away from its mom. Moments later, the worker slit the piglet's throat.
“[The piglet] screamed until the blood poured out. That’s something you don’t forget,” said Bauer. “People don’t know, you don’t connect animals that live and breathe with bacon.”
One of the barbeque organizers, Paul Girard, found protestors "funny" and didn’t think they would prevent guests from enjoying the dinner.
“If God didn’t want us to eat pigs, he wouldn't have made them out of meat,” said Girard.
Another barbeque guest stood alongside the protestors with a home-made sign that said 'That pig was delicious.'