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Vegans stage mock barbecue of babies and dogs to shock shoppers into dropping meat from their Easter meals

  • PETA protested by grilling a baby in Sydney 
  • Group attempting to call out meat industry

Baffled bystanders have watched animal activists barbecue a doll as part of a bizarre protest held by PETA.

The curious cookout took place at Pitt Street Mall in Sydney‘s CBD on Wednesday, where a chef was seen grilling a ‘realistic’ baby doll as part of PETA’s ‘Leave Babies off the BBQ’ protest.

The protest comes ahead of the Easter long weekend, as PETA seeks to remind passers-by of the young age some animals are ‘killed for their flesh’.

‘PETA is urging anyone who’s repulsed by the prospect of chowing down on a newborn to consider that eating any baby – regardless of species – is equally appalling,’ PETA campaigns advisor Mimi Bekhechi said.

 The radical group has appeared numerous times in the busy Sydney mall over the years, often using barbecues and meat-styled props to highlight their messaging.

The group has appeared Sydney's Pitt Street Mall over the years, often using barbeques depicting gruesome scenes

The group has appeared Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall over the years, often using barbeques depicting gruesome scenes 

Their latest demonstration aims to highlight the usage of piglets in the meat industry for ham and bacon

Their latest demonstration aims to highlight the usage of piglets in the meat industry for ham and bacon 

‘If you wouldn’t eat another mother’s baby, you should go vegan,’  Ms Bekhechi said.

PETA said more than 4.9 billion land and sea animals are killed each year to feed Australia’s population, and cited horrific cruelty from eyewitness investigations of farms and slaughterhouses.

This isn’t the first time PETA have used barbecue or meat product props to prove a point, and it’s not even the first time they’ve done it in Pitt Street Mall

In 2019 the group appeared with a life-like dog being barbecued in the exact same position as this year’s baby, albeit with a more photorealistic take on the theme last time.

Again protesting the eating of meat, at the time they had asked onlookers: ‘If you wouldn’t eat a dog, why eat a lamb?’

The stunt drew widespread scrutiny after children passing through the busy shopping district were left in distress after mistaking the stunt for for the real thing. 

In 2019 a prop dog was seen being grilled alongside corn, onions and mushrooms in an eerily similar Pitts Street Mall demonstration

In 2019 a prop dog was seen being grilled alongside corn, onions and mushrooms in an eerily similar Pitts Street Mall demonstration 

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