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Jun 10, 2008, 05:53AM

Eating Chicken is Like Eating People

Those pesky People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are at it again, this time setting up a big, bloody installation in Indiana. By placing human being on styrofoam trays and under plastic wrap, PETA presumes they can make people realize that "flesh is flesh." The interviewed students seem unswayed.

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Photo by Coline Sperling for Indiana Daily Student News.

A blood-splattered human being covered with plastic wrap on a Styrofoam tray isn’t something that would be offered next to other items in the meat section in any supermarket, and with good reason.

However, Ashley Byrne doesn’t see much of a difference between this and any other packaged unit of chicken or beef.

“We’re hoping that when people see graphic images they’ll think about pigs, chickens and humans,” she said. “Flesh is flesh.”

Byrne, campaign coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, along with several other volunteers, staged a protest against consuming meat products on Monday morning in People’s Park.

PETA interns Cassandra Calahan and Chelsea Pagan-Hermina laid sprawled out almost completely naked and splattered with stage blood on large Styrofoam trays under plastic wrap in the hot late morning sun. Stickers covered their chests labeling them “FLESH,” priced at $3.18 a pound. The stickers also stated that “Billions of animals are abused and violently killed because you eat meat.”

  • I don't know...$3.18/lb seems kind of steep.

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  • This could be a first: I'm with Dan. The PETA activists I've come across are really creepy, like a cult. The Smiths' "Meat is Murder" is a favorite song of mine from the 80s, but I like chicken and pork. If eating meat becomes illegal--doubtful--I'll abide by the law but this ongoing debate really pales in comparison to the world hunger among HUMANS. How about a little perspective?

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  • Hasn't America learned by now that PETA is just silly and should be laughed at? I mean can we really take seriously an organization that constantly attempts to get Hamburg, NY to change their name to Veggieburg?

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  • Demian's the Man! PETA is silly, although I don't laugh at them, just shake my head at their self-righteousness.

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  • this is the stupidest organization in the entire world. i try not to buy perdue and other mass market brands, but, come on. we eat meat. everything in moderation earnest young folk. get a job.

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