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· Naked PETA President Billboard Part Of Protest Against Bacon Festival
· PETA to Launch Billboard Campaign Against Pig-Butchering Competition in Chicago
Naked PETA President Billboard Part Of Protest Against Bacon Festival
By Justin Breen, DNA Info
April 18, 2017
CHICAGO — Officials from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are planning to protest Sunday's Cochon555 event with a billboard featuring the group's president and co-founder, Ingrid Newkirk, posing naked next to slaughtered pigs.
A billboard with a naked Newkirk, 67, is set to be installed at the intersection of West Grand and North Union as soon as Wednesday, PETA spokesman Ben Williamson said, adding a mobile billboard truck with another naked Newkirk will be circling the Cochon555 event Sunday.
Newkirk on Monday said she hopes the billboard "strikes a nerve in people or makes them think twice about eating pigs."
"I'm horrified that pigs, who are gentle and sensitive, are slaughtered so casually," Newkirk said. "Our hope is that people try soy bacon or fakin bacon, and give some thought that there is every taste you could ever want from an animal without having to commit such a violent act that hurts a living being."
A nationwide tour, Cochon555 features five chefs cooking several dishes from five locally raised pigs. Tickets for the event, which begins at 4 p.m. and will take place in the Morgan Manufacturing District, start at $125.
Cochon officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
Newkirk has never posed naked for a billboard but has protested naked a few times...
PETA to Launch Billboard Campaign Against Pig-Butchering Competition in Chicago
Apr 18, 2017
Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is planning to launch a billboard campaign to protest a pig-butchering culinary competition coming to Chicago this weekend.
The billboard features an image of PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk, 67, posing nude and hanging between the bodies of slaughtered pigs, with the slogan “We’re all the same. Go vegan.”
A mobile billboard will also circle the Cochon555 event in the West Town neighborhood from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, PETA said in a release.
Taking place at the Morgan Manufacturing event space, Cochon555 features five chefs each cooking a “heritage breed pig” in a competition to be crowned the “Prince/Princess of Porc” by a vote from guests and judges.
"If most people stood inside a slaughterhouse, as I've done, and watched pigs lose their lives, they'd lose their appetite for these wonderful animals' flesh," Newkirk said in a statement. "PETA is urging people to reject events that depict violence and death to other living beings, whose flesh not only looks like ours but also tastes like ours, as casual entertainment and to choose vegan foods instead."
Sunday’s event is part of a tour taking place in 14 cities...