Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gathered at Pack Square Monday afternoon to mark World Vegetarian Week.
Described another way, the protesters covered one nearly nude young woman in fake blood, wrapped her in cellophane and stuck a big sticker across her chest that read “FLESH.”
“It’s a startling sight to remind people that whether it’s a pig or a chicken or a person, flesh is flesh,” PETA spokeswoman Ashley Byrne said as she and a handful of other protesters stood holding “Meat is Murder” signs while Shawn Herbold lay on a Pack Square corner, wrapped and stamped.
Byrne said the demonstration — meant to mimic a typical meat package — was meant to show that all animals are made of flesh and bone and that eating meat is eating a corpse. Byrne urged people to check out www.goveg.com to learn more about a “compassionate diet and recipes that cut cruelty and cholesterol.”
Passersby appeared startled by the sight of the packaged person, with a few pausing to take a pamphlet or snap a digital photo.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor