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October 24, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Albany, N.Y. – Honk when you respect all animals! That’s the message hitting New York streets this week, because the state’s Division of Motor Automobiles has simply launched a first-of-its-kind license plate designed by PETA. The specialty plate goals to get drivers to hit the brakes on speciesism, the archaic perception that different animals are inferior and exist solely for people to use.
The brand new plate is the most recent addition to New York’s lengthy historical past of animal advocacy: New Yorkers based Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s first sanctuary for animals rescued from merciless farms; pushed most of New York Metropolis’s designer retailers to drop fur; and persuaded town to ban the sale of foie gras, together with from Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the place a PETA investigation confirmed that force-feeding birds to sicken and enlarge their livers ruptures their organs. And animal advocates are nonetheless going sturdy—they’re at present rallying for New York Metropolis’s horse-drawn carriages to get replaced with electrical vehicles and for the state to finish taxpayer-funded horse racing bailouts, amongst different efforts.
“New Yorkers now have a license plate to match their animal-saving actions, whether or not they’re driving to the shop for vegan snacks or taking a street journey to Farm Sanctuary,” says PETA Director of Outreach Ashley Byrne. “PETA is asking on locals to deck out their vehicles with this anti-speciesist message, as a result of each animal deserves to stay free from exploitation.”
PETA notes that different animals share our capability for ache, starvation, concern, thirst, love, pleasure, and loneliness—but speciesism is used to defend treating them like analysis instruments, meals elements, cloth, or playthings. Not solely does this mentality contribute to the deaths of billions of animals every year, it additionally accelerates the local weather disaster and the emergence of zoonotic illnesses. To fight speciesism, PETA encourages everybody to solely purchase cosmetics and family merchandise by no means examined on animals, eat and put on vegan, and keep away from aquariums, roadside zoos, and circuses with animal acts.
Utility directions for the specialty plate and charge data can be found right here.