ATTN: Meat Eaters, Bird Flu is Your Fault

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Posted January 19, 2006 by Rachelle Owen


Day after day after day we are bombarded with stories from all around the world of another case of bird flu being confirmed. People are in an uproar, because *gasp* birds who are raised in filthy, cramped sheds and treated like shit their entire lives carry diseases. Who would have thought? Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think anyone who has contracted the horrible disease “deserves what they got”, but you have to admit that it’s justice for animals that was a long time coming. The universe has a way of balancing things out, ya know? The U.S. alone tortures and murders 27 billion animals every year for food. Try to wrap your head around that number for a second. In comparison, only about 524,000 people have died of AIDS in the U.S. since the disease broke out decades ago. If you can’t do the math, let me help you: that many animals are killed every 10 minutes. Experts have estimated that as many as 150 million people could die within years of bird flu once it reaches pandemic level (yes, it’s a when, not an if). That still won’t touch the number of deaths we as humans have caused and continue to cause, but it certainly is a step toward evening the scale. To all of you who still eat flesh, you can make all the excuses you want to not go vegetarian now, but there will come a time soon when you won’t have a choice.

The Taste of Chaos tour is about to kick off, and peta2 is going along for the ride. We’re looking for two people to help tabling at each of the shows, so if you feel like spending a day helping animals while seeing bands like Thursday, Atreyu, Silverstein, Story of the Year, As I Lay Dying, Thrice, and many more, then listen up!

We need two responsible people (that’s right, you get to bring a friend!) willing to help us hand out peta2 stickers and leaflets and gather sign-ups for the peta2 e-news. If we pick you, peta2 tabling mastermind Jason will meet you there and get you into the show for free. If you’re interested in helping out, go to to apply for the spot at the show nearest you. Here are the dates:

2/16 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena
2/17 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
2/18 – El Paso, TX – County Coliseum
2/20 – Dallas, TX – Nokia Theatre
2/21 – San Antonio, TX
2/22 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless
2/24 – Jacksonville, FL – Metro Park
2/25 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
2/26 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
2/28 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center
3/01 – Norfolk, VA – Ted Constant Convocation Center
3/03 – East Rutherford, NJ – The Meadowlands
3/04 – Philadelphia, PA – Tweeter Center
3/06 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center
3/07 – Boston, MA – Tsongas Arena
3/08 – Hartford, CT – Arena Expo Center
3/09 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Mid Hudson Civic Center
3/10 – Orchard Park, NY – Fieldhouse at Raph Wilson Stadium
3/11 – Detroit, MI – Cobo Arena
3/13 – St. Louis, MO – Family Arena
3/14 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
3/15 – Cleveland, OH – CSU Convocation Center
3/16 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Sports Arena
3/17 – Dayton, OH – Hara Arena
3/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
3/19 – St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins
3/21 – Fargo, ND – Fargo Memorial Auditorium
3/22 – Lincoln, NE – Pershing Auditorium
3/23 – Kansas City, KS – Hale Arena
3/25 – Denver, CO – Filmore
3/27 – Fresno, CA – Selland Arena
3/29 – Sacramento, CA – Arco
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA – Long Beach Sports Arena
4/01 – Portland, OR – The Pavilion-Oregon State Fairgrounds
4/02 – Seattle, WA – Everett Events Center
4/03 – Vancouver, BC – PNE
4/05 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Events Center
4/06 – Calgary, AB – Saddledome
4/08 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Center
4/09 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
4/12 – London, ON – John Labatte Centre
4/13 – Toronto, ON – Arrow Hall
4/14 – Ottawa, ON – Corel Center
4/15 – Montreal, QC – Stade Uniprix

Even if you don’t table with us, be sure to stop by the peta2 tent at the show and say hi. To celebrate the new peta2 documentary about the Warped Tour, Wake Up Screaming, we’re making a photo collage of all the amazing Street Teamers we meet on tour to post on the film’s Web site. All you have to do is find Jason at the show and have your photo taken with him (he will provide the camera). Once we have the collage complete, we’ll send you a link so you can share it with all your friends and tell them about the time you got to hang out with a movie star.

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