Animal Aid asks whether all animals should be treated equally
and some other Asian countries dogs (and cats) are considered a good source
of protein. Although UK residents are likely to be shocked at the thought,
why is it considered wrong to eat dogs yet acceptable to eat cows, pigs,
chickens and other animals? This is the question that national campaign
group Animal Aid is asking during March, which is designated national Veggie
rather than adding dog to the menu, during Veggie Month Animal Aid is urging
the British public to recognise that pigs, sheep, cows and chickens are
not so different from the dogs and cats who share our homes, and instead
to try a meat-free diet. Animal Aid supporters will be communicating this
thought-provoking message to the general public by distributing tens of
thousands of the group’s ‘Friend or Food?’ leaflet, as
well as setting up street stalls in different parts of the country. A large
controversial poster, depicting a golden retriever lying in a grassy field,
will be displayed on the stalls asking passers-by, ‘Would you eat
dog for dinner? If the idea disgusts you, tell us why’.
Animal Aid took a spoof dog meat trailer on the road last year, the response
from the public was powerful. People right across the country were horrified
at the thought of eating Dachshund burgers or Collie steaks, and many -
for the first time - accepted the idea that eating pigs or sheep was just
Veggie Month Co-ordinator Kelly Slade:
the UK, we are brought up to believe that it is acceptable to use some
animals for food, whilst others are loved as companions. Therefore, this
Veggie Month, instead of pointing the finger at other nations’ food
choices, we could all stop and question why we consume any animals at
all. Animals bred to be eaten are capable of experiencing a range of emotions
in the same way as the dogs and cats who share our homes, and they deserve
just as much respect.’
Veggie Month aims to promote the animal welfare, health and environmental
benefits of a meat-free diet. It is supported by libraries, health food
shops, Waterstones bookstores and schools across the country. As part of
the initiative, Animal Aid has launched its third nationwide youth art and
poetry competition, the theme of which poses the question to 11-16 year
olds: Is it ethical to eat animals?
more information on Veggie Month contact Kelly Slade on 01732 364546 ext.
227, (Kelly@animalaid.co.uk) (Out of hours: 07918 195238) or see the Veggie
* Vegetarians around the country are available for interview.
* We have an ISDN line for broadcast-quality interviews.
* The Friend or Food? leaflet can be viewed here.
* The dog for dinner poster can be viewed here.
* Animal Aid recently set up a spoof catering trailer in a number of UK
farmers markets. The trailer offered, for human consumption, burgers and
sausages made from dogs. Images can be viewed here.
* More information about the youth art and poetry competition can be viewed