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Dog on a bun, animal rights protestors bring message to Chico

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Oct 14 2013 01:27:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 14 2013 04:01:28 PM CDT
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CHICO, Calif. -

Visitors to downtown Chico will find a meaty message at the Chico City Plaza.  Animal rights advocates are displaying an inflatable ten-foot puppy in a hamburger bun.  The demonstration poses the question, why do we call some animals pets and others dinner?

The demonstration is organized by the national animal rights organization Mercy For Animals.  It  features a massive, 10-foot-long inflatable puppy crammed inside a hamburger bun and topped with ketchup, mustard, cheese, and lettuce. This provocative display will be joined by activists wielding signs with images of an adorable puppy and lovable piglet sitting side-by-side and reading, "Why Love One but Eat the Other?"

Other activists held signs with images of pigs and chickens abused and confined on factory farms that read, "Boycott Animal Abuse - Choose Vegetarian."  

The group planned to be at the City Plaza from 11 a.m. to noon.  The demonstration is part of a campaign, which includes billboards, bus ads, and a national protest tour, that aims to spark debate over why we call some animals pets, and others dinner.

The group says unlike the kindness and respect afforded most dogs and cats, the billions of cows, pigs, and chickens raised and killed for meat in America lead lives filled with misery.

Mercy For Animals said its undercover investigations at at factory farms, hatcheries, and slaughterhouses nationwide have exposed workers beating animals with metal pipes, stabbing them with pitchforks, and bashing in their skulls with pickaxes.

"If you wouldn't eat your dog, why eat other animals? Cows, pigs, and chickens are just as intelligent, sensitive, and worthy of our respect as the animals we consider companions," said MFA's National Campaign Coordinator Jeni Hanes. "If meat producers subjected dogs and cats to the array of standard abuses they inflict on farmed animals, they could be jailed on grounds of animal cruelty. The most powerful action we can take to prevent egregious animal abuse is to adopt a compassionate vegetarian diet."