The national animal rights groupMercy For Animals
gathered, along with local volunteers, inLarimer Square
at around noon today to urge the lunchtime crowd to consider living a vegetarian lifestyle.
It was hard to miss the group, which was joined by a giant inflatable puppy who lay in a bun adorned with lettuce, cheese, ketchup and mustard. Passersby were in awe.
One protester, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that becoming a vegetarian was a great decision -- a decision that was made 25 years ago. "We want people to be aware when they purchase meat, know where it's coming from and educate consumers," the protestor said. "I'm just a volunteer here to stand up and be a voice for the animals."
The group consisted of about twenty people, including MFA national campaign coordinator Jeni Haines and local activists. They all held posters with photographs of abused farm animals and signs with cats and chickens, or dogs and pigs asking, "Why love one but eat the other?"
Protestor Larry Weiss, who has also been a vegetarian and activist for over 25 years, said he's been a part of many demonstrations like this one and has seen people begin living what he called a "cruelty free-lifestyle" because of his activism.
"Let people be aware of the fact that these are animals we're eating," Weiss declared. "People are really nice to dogs, and they're really nice to cats, and then all of the sudden there's a chicken on the plate or a pig on the plate, and it doesn't bother them," he added. "I mean, they would throw up if there were a cat on the plate with its legs sticking up, so what's the difference? If we can bring attention to that, if even if one person goes, 'Oh it's the same,' then we've accomplished our purpose," he concluded.
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Today's demonstration is part of a nationwide tour MFA is hosting. Next week, the organization will state protests in Wyoming and Utah.