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Thursday, June 21, 2012 01:00 am

MEATY MESSAGE

During a June 13 demonstration organized by the national animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, downtown Springfield commuters might have caught a glimpse of an interesting sight: a 10-foot-long inflatable puppy topped with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and cheese all crammed within a hamburger bun.

The inflatable puppy within the hamburger bun was meant to provoke the question: “Why do we call some animals pets and others dinner?” The display is part of a new campaign by Mercy For Animals, which will use billboards, bus advertisements and a national protest tour.

Phil Letten, MFA’s national campaign coordinator, said the only difference between animals we call meals and the animals we call pets is the treatment of the animals.

“All animals suffer pain and experience pleasure in the same way and are deserving of the same consideration and respect,” Letten said. “The most powerful action we can take to prevent egregious animal abuse is to adopt a compassionate vegetarian diet.” 
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