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Animal Rights Activists Gather at State Capitol

Photo: With a 10-foot inflatable puppy displayed on a hotdog bun, members of the non-profit group "Mercy for Animals" passed out vegetarian literature and encouraged passers-by to make informed food choices. (KFBK News/Joe Michaels)

SACRAMENTO -- A rather unusual display at the State Capitol Friday was part of an animal rights group's effort to draw attention to what it says are inhumane practices in meat processing.

With a 10-foot inflatable puppy displayed on a hotdog bun, members of the non-profit group "Mercy for Animals" passed out vegetarian literature and encouraged passers-by to make informed food choices. 

"Cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys are subjected to intensive confinement, painful mutilations without any pain killers, abusive handling and a brutal slaughter," said Jeni Haines of Mercy for Animals

Haines hopes the inflatable will get people to consider that, while they wouldn't eat their pet, they are eating formerly live animals who, she says, were likely mistreated before being slaughtered.

"These animals are just as friendly and intelligent as the dogs and cats so many of us know and love," Haines said.






 

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