AR-News: (US) PETA activists make pitch to save pigs

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Tue Oct 14 08:08:13 EDT 2003

DURHAM -- As more than 400 agricultural specialists from around the world
gathered at Durham's Sheraton Imperial Hotel on Monday to discuss better
ways to raise animals and crops, three animal-rights activists, one of
them dressed as a pig, staged a small protest outside.

The three, representing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA), included Nirmala Markman of Durham; Ravi Chand, campaign
coordinator from the group's Norfolk, Va., headquarters; and intern
Charlene Edgerton, wearing the costume and sitting in a "cage" of plastic

"Pigs are as smart and sensitive as the family dog, yet we treat them like
nothing more than meat machines," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a
news release. "Making a profit from their intense suffering is inexcusably

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