What: Tomorrow, a PETA supporter dressed as a chicken will roost outside the Tokyo Olympic Committee headquarters with a sign proclaiming, “Be a Champion for Animals. Don’t Eat Eggs.”
The action follows PETA’s release of footage revealing rampant abuse and horrifying neglect on a farm belonging to ISE Foods, Japan’s largest egg producer, which is certified to sell eggs at the Tokyo Olympics—prompting PETA to call on the Olympics to take eggs off the menu altogether.
The footage shows dead chickens left to rot alongside survivors and other birds covered with red, inflamed sores. Multiple birds are crammed into the crowded, stacked cages, and waste from birds above can drop onto those below. Each bird is allotted less space than a letter-size piece of paper, and many are denuded, i.e., missing feathers—a result of stress-induced self-mutilation or of fighting for space.
ISE Foods’ Japan Good Agricultural Practices certification, which was created especially for the Tokyo Olympics, allows it to supply eggs for the event. According to the company, auditors visited the farm and approved its certification, a process that PETA’s exposé calls into question.
“The open sores and rotting corpses found at ISE Foods should take away any reasonable person’s taste for eggs,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “If the Olympics are going to cancel anything, is should be eggs on the menu.”
Where: Outside the Tokyo Olympic Committee headquarters.
Next to the Time Capsule at Harumi Island Triton Square, Harumi Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Please see the Google Maps link here.
When: Wednesday, May 26, 12 noon sharp
PETA’s protest will take place here.
Your coverage is invited.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.