Apparently this is some kind of stunt with props.
Yesterday afternoon the people at PETA sent us the following press release:
Just as shoppers are deciding what to put on the grill this Memorial Day, PETA supporters will barbecue a "dog" on Thursday above a banner proclaiming, "If You Wouldn't Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Pig?"
"When it comes to feeling pain and fear, a pig is no different from a dog, a cat, or a human," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA is urging anyone who's repulsed by the prospect of chowing down on a chow chow to extend that compassion to all other animals and go vegan."
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat"—notes that because of speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview, pigs are routinely abused in ways that would be illegal if the victims were dogs or cats. In today's pork industry, pigs' tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—all without any pain relief. At the slaughterhouse, they're hung upside down, often while still conscious, and bled to death.
The event took place today at the intersection of Milam and Capitol streets here in Houston, Texas.
This is one of those news stories that's so ridicolous, we shouldn't even have to explain it, but here goes...
Dogs are man's best friend. Pigs are not. It's not the same thing.
Also, dogs are carnivores - they primarily eat meat. So these idiot vegans are BBQing a dog to prove it's wrong to eat meat which, ironically, would probably trigger the appetite of a nearby dog (psychologist Pavlov taught us this lesson, coincidentally, with a dog).
PETA just wants us to hate them... And it's working.
This also seems like a good time to remind everyone that PETA euthanizes the majority of animals brought to them. According to Huffington post, their adoption rate is about 1%.
Again, vegans are monsters.
Photo of vegan BBQ by Getty Images