Harrogate woman to lie naked in protest on world vegan day

Rose Patterson from Harrogate
Rose Patterson from Harrogate

A PETA Supporter from Harrogate will ask shoppers to spare a thought for animals killed for food.

Rose Patterson, a 25 year-old photographic arts student from Torrs Road in Harrogate, will join around 100 other PETA supporters to lie nearly nude in a heap in Trafalgar Square on 1 November 2014 in order to encourage passers-by to have compassion for the billions of animals who are slaughtered for their flesh as part of the meat and fishing industries every year.

Rose Patterson, who attended Harrogate Grammar School. said: Animals feel pain, fear, love and joy, just as humans do, yet billions of them are killed every year for products that are poisoning the environment and making humans sick.

I am happy to use my body to challenge people to think about the massive toll that the meat industry takes on animals, the Earth and human health – and to go vegan.

PETA say that animals raised on filthy, crowded factory farms are often caged and deprived of all that is natural and important to them, such as foraging for food and raising their young. Many are subjected to horrific mutilations, including having their teeth, tails and testicles cut off without any painkillers. Cows, pigs, chickens and sheep often have their throats cut while they’re still able to feel pain.

In addition to sparing animals immense suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and cancer than meat-eaters are. They also have smaller carbon footprints, as the meat industry is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.