By Jessica Wang (via Perth Now) originally published February 12th 2023
Lingerie-clad activists left little to the imagination as they stormed one of Sydney’s busiest CBD streets in a “cheeky” demonstration ahead of Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.
About 17 members from animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stood on the Town Hall steps on Sunday morning, holding Valentine Day themed and heart-shaped signs that read: “Eating meat is a turn off” and “Eating meat is linked to erectile dysfunction”.
Other placards were a bit more on the nose like: “How sad that we need to explain that slavery and murder is wrong,” and “I’d rather be free than ‘free range’”.
Around the popular shopping strip, Sydney-siders were offered free condoms by activists.
PETA Senior Communications Adviser Emily Rice said the demonstration was “cheeky” but also “based on science”.
Of course, Valentine’s Day is about love, and the reality is, you can’t love animals while being complicit in their abuse, whether it’s for their flesh, their skins, human entertainment, or research,” she said.
“Vegan living is about extending our compassion to all animals, not just those we share our homes with.”
In September of last year, vegan activist, Tash Peterson united with PETA in a disturbing demonstration, in which she dressed up as a “human-sized meat tray”.
Covered in fake blood, Ms Peterson appeared nude on a cling wrapped ‘tray,’ in an act that was described as “vile” and “totally unhinged” on social media.
The animal rights group estimated that 4.9b land and sea animals were killed each year for food, through fishing, livestock and game.