Mercy For Animals wants to know why you eat some animals, but not puppies?

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The downtown lunch crowd might be surprised tomorrow, when they find a giant inflatable puppy dog on a bun staring into their eyes. The stunt is part of a campaign by Mercy For Animals and local animal-rights activists that asks the question: "Why love one, but eat the other?"

"We'll be urging the lunchtime crowd to question why we call some animals pets and others dinner," says Mercy for Animals national campaign coordinator Jeni Haines. "The truth is farm animals experience pain and suffering the same way as dogs and cats. So our message is that we can all boycott this cruelty by adopting a vegetarian lifestyle and diet."

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Mercy For Animals is a national non-profit that travels the country holding demonstrations like this that encourage people to question how their lifestyles can impact animal's lives. They also conduct undercover investigations of factory farms.

"Not a single federal law provides protection for animals raised for food during their miserable lives, where they are intensively confined, mutilated and brutally slaughtered," explains Haines. "We have the right to know where our food is coming from and how the animals are treated, so that we can make informed choices."

The group plans to be on the corner of 14th and Larimer Street -- that's right by Tamayo and Ted's Montana Grill -- between 10:30 a.m. and noon on November 8, complete with blow-up puppy. For more information, go to the event's Facebook page.



Location Info

Tamayo

1400 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Ted's Montana Grill

1401 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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nyislander33
nyislander33

In America, we have the choice to be vegetarian/vegan. What a nice freedom that is to choose whatever food you'd like to eat or not eat. However, the choice has made many of us arrogant. The members of this mercy for animals group is so obsessed with the feelings of animals that likely don't actually even feel complex emotions but clearly aren't thinking of how arrogant and spoiled they would look to someone whose starving, that doesn't have the choice to be vegetarian. How nice to have the time and freedom to worry about such trivial facts as the feelings of a cow. These people should channel their energy into feeding those in need, meat or not.

Isoceles Woodsfish
Isoceles Woodsfish

Why is a dog a demi God here and food in Korea? A cow a demigod in India and food here. A dolphin demigod here and food in Japan. Puppies are used as bait in many countries! Its animal racism basically. Best to stop eating any of them. Or raise/hunt them yourself if you feel a driving need to do so and let them die with dignity and have a decent life before you end it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Personally I love a good dog or cat burger. I do not discriminate, they are just damn hard to find around here.

Scott Petrovits
Scott Petrovits

Biologically, we are omnivores. That's a scientific fact. Can we survive without animal protein? Yes, but it's a lot harder, and usually requires some form of supplements to make up for the missing nutrients. And livestock absolutely live to serve us. They wouldn't exist without us. Animals sustainably and humanely raised have good lives. They would have no lives at all if we didn't eat them.

rickstigator
rickstigator

Yo, Christina!  I'll have a braised Jack Russell cheddardog on a gluten free, multi grain bun with all the fixin's (except entrails!). Throw in some organic sweet tater fries.  Just cuz.  Thanks doll!

Frank Catalfano
Frank Catalfano

why don't you get off your high horse and get with the program

Christina Knoll
Christina Knoll

The last thing I would like to say is that I apologize if I seemed to be judgemental. Everyone deserves to do what makes them happy. I just hope that that includes doing things that can benefit all beings. Best wishes for All.

Christina Knoll
Christina Knoll

The human body does not require the consumption of meat in order for it to work. We were gatherers before we were hunters. Animals do not owe us anything. They do not live to serve us. The idea that they belong to us is man-made and stems from ego. I know plenty of good people who eat meat. I used to eat meat. It doesn't make them bad people, they just don't know. But as I said, ignorance is a choice... and I choose to stay informed and I will forever be a voice for beings (who are actually quite intelligent) whom cannot speak words.

Scott Petrovits
Scott Petrovits

Animals don't have personal choice because they are our property. Almost none of the species we eat exist in nature, and none of them would survive for long if set free in the wild. They owe their existence to us, not that they know or care (hint: most animals are kinda dumb). That said, we should raise them and kill them humanely, eat a whole lot less of them than we currently do, and not judge others based on what they choose to put on their plates. I find tofu disgusting, but I'm not gonna make fun of a vegan for eating a hunk of it. And we don't eat dogs because we domesticated and bred them as companions, not as food. If a steer made a better companion, maybe it wouldn't end up on the grill.

Christina Knoll
Christina Knoll

*facepalm* you wanna talk about personal choice... animals have NONE in the world of the animal industry. They would choose life if they could talk. You don't want your personal choices taken from you? Animals don't want their lives taken from them. They don't want to constantly be artificially impregnated (raped) to constantly produce CALFS' milk to be consumed by HUMANS. They don't want to be crammed in a 2x1 cage with 9 other chickens, just to be thrown on a conveyor belt to get their heads whacked off when they can no longer produce eggs. Seriously people, do research on how inhumane the food industry is. Then you can talk about choice and freedom.

nfs_spoilt
nfs_spoilt

Well, then on this premise, since marijuana is a plant, maybe they should eat some and chill out?

Deb Montgomery
Deb Montgomery

see Felicia McBain's comment, and it doesn't have to be justified, it's a personal choice.

Kyle Stych
Kyle Stych

Why don't vegetarians eat trees? As long as we're asking stupid questions.

Stacy Simons
Stacy Simons

I think it’s a valid question. If you’re going to eat a cow, pig, lamb – why NOT eat puppies too? All are living things. All cry, get scared, confused, feel pain. I don’t care if the animals are raised for livestock, a pet or whatever. An animal is animal, and they all have feelings. So why discriminate as to which ones you put on your plate?

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

The difference is that dogs are domesticated, typical American livestock are not. I don't have a problem with the cultures that eat dogs/cats/guinea pigs/etc, but I'm appalled that they often "tenderize" dog meat....while the animal is still alive....by beating it. Also, keep in mind that cows, pigs and chickens are created for the very purpose to be eaten and aren't actually native animals (at least in the case of cows).

Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey

Meanwhile, farmers are dumping tons and tons of pesticides and fertilizers on their land, where it finds its way into the rivers I love to fish in. These pricks need to go chug a gallon of roundup

Adam Laarsen
Adam Laarsen

The comparison is stupid. I don't condone animal cruelty, and I would feel bad if a pig or cow is being abused even if it eventually becomes food. Again, the point remains, I would eat dog if not given a choice but given the choice, I don't.

Brian Bee
Brian Bee

And they said I'd never win anything.

Christina Knoll
Christina Knoll

How are these people "stupid" for being a voice for animals who can't speak words? If anything, they exude selflessness, compassion and understanding, not stupidity.

LeAnn Nuss Lovato
LeAnn Nuss Lovato

My first comment was a joke, but really, what's the point of protesting this sort of shit? It's not my business to tell someone what they should or shouldn't eat, all I can do is control what I put into my own mouth. If you don't want to eat meat, don't. But that choice doesn't entitle you to go around telling everyone else what to eat.

Micah Carmack
Micah Carmack

Congratulations on winning the "dumbest comment in the thread" award.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Puppies are tasty with the right seasoning.

Kyle Geoghegan
Kyle Geoghegan

For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat 3.

Christina Knoll
Christina Knoll

@adam If an animal had a choice to be killed for food or sport, do you think they'd chose that? Just because they can't communicate in words doesn't mean they prefer death over life. No one HAS to eat a dog, or a cow, or a pig, or a chicken, or any animal. We are intelligent animals, and in the vast world of knowledge, ignorance is a choice.

Matthew Sibley
Matthew Sibley

no. why do you eat asparagus and not cactus? stupid premise to base an argument off of.

Christina Knoll
Christina Knoll

They are just trying to show a different perspective. How is it not okay to eat one kind of animal, but it's okay to eat another? How is it justifiable? How can one come home and kiss there dogs head, and then sit down to a plate of dead animal flesh? There is such a huge disconnection to the lives we love and the lives we kill. Why is there such a disconnection?

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

Somejuan needs to fire up some real Korean BBQ on that street corner!!!

Shoshana Gray
Shoshana Gray

I think it's as simple as cultural taboo. Some cultures eat dogs, some cultures eat pigs, some cultures consider it taboo to eat pigs, some cultures eat guinea pigs, some cultures consider it taboo to eat guinea pigs, and so on and so forth for many species. Do these people have nothing better to do with their time? I respect people's choice to eat or not eat whatever they please. I don't go around criticizing people for eating soy, or chicken, or anything else and I'd appreciate it if nobody criticized me for eating what I eat.

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

I've never had puppy, but smash it all up like hotdogs are made and let me try it. Then I will know which side I'm on.

Micah Carmack
Micah Carmack

This has inspired me to go into the mountains this weekend and protest against the inhumane slaughter of deer by cougars and mountain lions. It's time with stop the cruelty of nature against nature!

Brian Bee
Brian Bee

Do puppies taste good? Ask President Obama.

Brian Scott Bailey
Brian Scott Bailey

In many cultures around the world Dog is a meat they eat. In our culture it is not. We even have laws against eating domestic dogs and cats.

Heaven Northrop
Heaven Northrop

It makes a great deal of sense we put dogs down every day if we ate them as well at the very least we wouldn't be killing them just for space.

Colton J Kuddes
Colton J Kuddes

Puppies don't have much meat...and they don't taste very good.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Because it takes too many puppies to make a decent sandwich...

Adam Laarsen
Adam Laarsen

If I had to eat dog, I would. But since I have a choice not to, I don't. These people are stupid.

YayWhiskey
YayWhiskey

I don't know (with apologies to Vincent Vega) - maybe dogs and cats taste like shit.  Pigs taste good.  Cows taste good.  Lamb tastes good.  Chickens taste good....

nyislander33
nyislander33

So.... You've had conversations with these animals?! Are you the cow whisperer?! Your comment implies that animals have the complex brain structure to feel emotions and have high level thinking. Which in fact we have no way of knowing and more evidence to prove to the contrary. Clearly you're thinking about how YOU would feel if this would happen to you, which some may find admirable, but others would likely just find you ignorant.

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