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Peta Presence In Downtown Toronto!

By Ainsley Wronski

I happened on a small demonstration in Downtown Toronto on November 21, 2010 at the corner of Queen Street and Yonge Street.

I turned out to be Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) demonstrating at someone's store front about animal creulty.

The number there was under 10 I believe and they were holding up rather greusomE photos of skinned animals being used for fur. They also handed out literature and a small candy with their Christmas message;

What follows it thier statement on animals used for fur as presented on their website:

"Every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry. Whether they come from Chinese fur farms, Indian slaughterhouses, or the Australian outback, an immeasurable amount of suffering goes into every fur-trimmed jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater.

Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. More than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and sometimes even skinned alive for their fur. Chinese fur is often deliberately mislabeled, so if you wear any fur, there's no way of knowing whose skin you're in.

....Most leather comes from developing countries such as India and China, where animals routinely have their throats cut and their skin ripped off while they are still conscious. In India, a PETA investigation found that cows have their tails broken and chili peppers and tobacco rubbed into their eyes so that they will walk after they collapse while traveling long distances to slaughter.

Most of the world's wool comes from Australia, where sheep undergo "mulesing," a gruesome mutilation in which large chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs' backsides without any painkillers. Each year, millions of sheep discarded by the Australian wool industry are crammed onto export ships to be sent to the Middle East. Sheep who survive the terrifying voyage are often dragged off trucks by their ears and legs, tied up, and beaten and have their throats cut while they are still conscious.

The exotic skins trade is just as horrifying. Snakes and lizards are skinned alive because of the belief that live flaying makes leather more supple. Kid goats are boiled alive to make gloves, and the skins of unborn calves and lambs—some purposely aborted, others taken from slaughtered pregnant cows and ewes—are considered especially "luxurious."

You can help stop this. Saving animals is as simple as choosing stylish cruelty-free clothing, which is available in every price range and at all kinds of retail outlets, from discount shoe stores to high-end boutiques. With so many fashionable, comfortable options available today, there is no excuse for wearing any animal skins. "

The group just stood around with the posters and only talked to people who made the first overture.

I talked to them and asked for the information card they were handing out. That is when they also offered me a candy cane with a Peta message on it.

There didn't seem to be any trigger event for the demonstration, just the usual presence at Christmas. There were no other opposing groups there and we could not get an interview of the shop owners about the demonstration in front of their store.

From files of Ainsley Wronski
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