It feels like over the last few years certain devout vegans have taken their quest to convince the world not to eat meat to increasingly bizarre lengths.
A few weeks back a group of vegans gatecrashed a steakhouse carrying speakers playing sounds of animal cruelty. Next PETA received backlash for releasing an x-rated video showing that vegans have a better sex life.
However, it’s their latest stunt that really has emotions running high. A chef in Sydney, Australia decided to prepare and cook a ‘fake dog’ in the middle of Pitt Street Mall in Sydney.
The timing of the stunt was around Australia Day, a day when many Australians celebrate with barbecues and, of course, lots of meat. Of course the dog wasn’t real but it was designed to spark outrage alongside the slogan ‘you wouldn’t eat a dog, so why eat a lamb? Go vegan!’
Here’s what PETA had to say about the protest:
Anyone who’s repulsed by the prospect of chowing down on dog meat should question the incongruity of their compassion towards other animals.
This is called speciesism – a form of discrimination based on nothing more than species – and like all forms of discrimination, it cannot be justified.
As humans, we instinctively feel compassion and empathy for animals, but we’re taught that it’s OK to enslave and eat some of them, without a second thought as to who they are as individuals.
Some took to social media to vent at PETA for exposing children to such horrific scenes.
“Keep them out of public places. It should be classed as public nuisance! Kids around? That is further reason to stop this! Exposing them to this??? Cruel,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Another wrote: “I saw some visibly upset kids.”
However, PETA’s Emily Rice told News.com.au the demonstration was “thought-provoking.”
“It’s not gruesome but it’s no different to when you’d walk past a Peking duck hanging in a shop window or a pig on a spit at a wedding,” she said.
You can watch a video of the thought-provoking stunt below:
What’s your thoughts on these kind of shock tactics?