What if a choice dinner dish had two pounds of meat? Vegans would give a number of obvious answers. How about posing the question to non-vegans, and re-phrase it a bit: what if a choice dinner dish had two pounds of Boston terrier? Or a pound-and-a-half of Tabby cat? A large demonstration will take place in Downtown Denver this Friday to protest the idea that animals are objects. Specifically, the target of awareness is farmed animals. The demonstration is a collaborative effort between the local group Colorado Animal ACTion Network (CAAN) and the national group Mercy for Animals (MFA).
Farmed animals include cats and dogs bred for experiments as well as the ten billion animals killed for food each year. Animals killed for food include different types of cows, poultry birds, pigs and hogs. 45 million turkeys will be killed for food this Thanksgiving alone. The strategy of the protest is to attract the attention of non-vegans and those less-interested in animal rights.
Most Americans detest the idea of a person eating their dog or cat and yet they consume the flesh of cows and chickens in burgers every day. A ten-foot balloon float that portrays a puppy inside a hamburger bun with all the typical burger toppings will be the center of attention. The theme name given to the demonstration effort asks observers to ask themselves the question that is the name: “Why Love One But Eat the Other?”
“Please join us for this traffic-stopping demonstration that will expose consumers to the reality that farmed animals, every bit as capable of experiencing pain and suffering as the dogs and cats so many of us know and love, are forced to endure egregious cruelty throughout their lives on factory farms before they are brutally slaughtered,” reads a statement made on the CAAN Meet-up Website.
The growing unity of the animal rights movement in Colorado is reflected by the fact that the same protest is moving from city to city and the same statement is shared by the CAAN, MFA and the Colorado Springs Vegan and Vegetarian Meet-up, which is hosting the "Puppy Hamburger" float and holding a joint demonstration with MFA the day before the Denver event. The Denver event is being supported by that city’s largest vegan and vegetarian social group, A Vegan Life, as well.
Large vegan groups now exist in all major cities in Colorado, many of which were founded in the last five years and now have between 500 and 1,000 members. A Boulder-based group known as the Boulder-and-Beyond Vegan Meet-Up Group will celebrate its sixth year in existence on the same day the Puppy Hamburger protest makes its way into Downtown Denver.