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Photos of Activist Being Attacked Generate Worldwide Attention

September 24, 2014 by Leave a Comment

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Photos of a Muslim woman in India who was mobbed while peacefully promoting a vegetarian diet have triggered worldwide outrage and sympathy — the type of response to an animal rights story that is usually reserved for an abused animal.

PETA activist attacked

Activist Tries to Protect Herself (photo: PTI)

The victim, who wore a lettuce costume, asked worshippers to choose vegetarian instead of slaughtering an animal in advance of the Islamic holiday Eid al Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice).

Ironically,  but not surprisingly, the woman – not her attackers – was charged with a crime: “outraging religious feelings.” Also ironic is that the woman who was working to stop violence was made to suffer it, as pointed out PETA, which organized the costumed protest.

photo: PTI

Police officer protects activist (photo: PTI)

Following is video footage posted by PETA. Who would believe that the presence of woman dressed up like romaine lettuce could trigger this kind of chaos?


Media outlets around the world are reporting on this story, which will bring this brave and terrified woman – along with her message of peace – into millions of homes. Perhaps those who can’t relate to the suffering on an animal will be moved by the look of despair on her face and connect the dots.


Like us, animals experience fear, terror and despair

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  1. Elinor Hawke-Szady says:

    This has an ENORMOUS amount to do with Women’s Rights in India (or should I say lack thereof). I pray that things change in that country and others around the world where women are oppressed.

    My heart and my support goes out to her and all the other activists at that peaceful demonstration. The attackers should be ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!!!

  2. Tim says:

    Wow! I think this has more to do with women’s rights in India vs vegetarianism, but this is crazy the response she received.

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