A controversy making headlines recently involves the Australian pizzeria called Etica. The restaurant is under scrutiny for hanging a taxidermied cow from the ceiling of one of their restaurants.
Although Etica serves meat and dairy on their menus, they say the dead cow display is aimed to provide transparency to people’s food choices and make them see first-hand where meat and dairy come from. They say they want people to make informed food choices and for the misrepresentation of slaughterhouses to be debunked. For a full explanation of why they chose this display, you can read their statement here.
However, there are many people upset by this display, and some are signing a petition on Care2 demanding the display be taken down. If you agree that it should be removed, you can sign the petition here.
There are several vegan pizzerias for those who know where cheese and meat come from and do not wish to contribute to cruelty, and many pizzerias and most restaurants in general offer plant-based options. It seems completely ridiculous to demonstrate the ethics of food by stringing a taxidermied animal from the ceiling. If you want to make a point, make a real change – don’t exploit the suffering of animals.
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