People passing through downtown Chico this afternoon most likely caught a glimpse of a giant inflatable dog as animal rights activists rallied in city plaza. The 10 foot long puppy was displayed on a sandwich bun while representatives from the group Mercy for Animals held a sign that read "Why love one, but eat the other?" The group is on a tour of the western United States trying to bring awareness to animal cruelty on factory farms. Mercy for Animals officials say the tour is not only to raise awareness but to also encourage legislation reform to protect abused farm animals.
"Not a single federal law provides protection to animals raised for food during their miserable lives on factory farms. These animals experience pain and suffering in the same way as dogs and cats, but they're exposed to tremendous abuse, egregious cruelty, painful mutilations without any painkillers, abusive handling and a brutal slaughter," says Jenni Haines, the National Campaign Coordinator for Mercy for Animals.