steaks, leg of Greyhound, Afghan burgers, Dachshund sausages, Beagle chops,
Chihuahua poppers…these are just some of the exotic meats being promoted
at the new organic and free-range dog meat catering trailer that will set
up shop at the edge of farmers markets across the UK.
pictures of happy healthy dogs running through fields, chasing balls and
swimming in streams, and the words ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’,
the trailer will be offering dog meat to the public, with the assurance
that all the animals were loved and well cared for before being butchered.
that’s when the unpleasant truth lying behind Animal Aid’s initiative
is spelt out.
organic, free-range, corn-fed or rested on the finest mattresses, at the
end of the day it’s all the same for animals farmed for their flesh.
They all end up in the same slaughterhouses; they are all alone and terrified;
they are all hung upside down by their hind legs and all end up bleeding
Aid has documented routine abuse at slaughterhouses throughout the country,
with animals being kicked, stamped on and improperly stunned before having
their throats slit.* Our ‘dog meat’ stall will attempt to engage
the public in a discussion about the way animals raised for food are killed
and why certain animals are deemed unworthy of our compassion while others
are treated as part of the family. Stall visitors will also be given free
Campaigner Andrew Butler, who will be manning the dog meat stall:
people eat different parts of various animals every day, without thinking
too deeply about what those animals' last moments were like. We hope that
this will get people to confront the fact that, at the end of the line,
all of these animals died with the smell of blood and fear in their nostrils
and terror in their eyes, and yet they are no different from the millions
of dogs who we, as a nation, dote on.
dog meat trailer is making its way around the country, stopping at markets
in 12 cities, as part of Animal Aid’s annual Vegan Month promotion.
* Tuesday 2nd November - Nottingham Market, 12 noon
* Wednesday 3rd November - Birmingham Farmers Market, 12 noon.
* Thursday 4th November - Norwich Market, 12 noon.
* Friday 5th November - Borough Market, London, 12 noon.
* Saturday 6th November - Southampton Bargate Market, 12 noon.
* Tuesday 9th November - Plymouth City Market, 12 noon.
* Wednesday 10th November - Bristol Farmers Market, 12 noon.
* Thursday 11th November - Cardiff Market, 12 noon.
* Friday 12th November - Manchester Real Food Market, 12 noon.
* Saturday 13th November - Mansfield Park Farmers Market, Glasgow, 12 noon.
* Monday 15th November - Grainger Market, Newcastle, 12 noon.
* Tuesday 16th November - Kirkgate Market, Leeds, 12 noon.
Aid has conducted an investigation in to seven randomly chosen slaughterhouses
throughout the UK. The secret filming revealed animals being kicked, slapped,
stamped on, and picked up by fleeces and ears and thrown into stunning pens.
Animals were also recorded being improperly stunned and going to the knife
while still conscious.
the undercover investigation here.
Month is an annual initiative that aims to encourage people to think about
their food choices and question why some animals are loved and taken into
our homes, whilst others are farmed and exploited for their flesh, milk
Notes to Editors
background information on Vegan Month or the tour contact Kelly Slade at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01732 364546 01732 364546 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
ext 227 or view the press
* High res images of the dog meat trailer and its graphics can be downloaded
* For more information about the vegan diet and lifestyle see our new website.
* Vegans around the country are available for interview.
* An ISDN line is available for broadcast quality interviews.