Protesters Speak Out for Goats at 'Goatchella' Fest
Goats are adorable, playful, and intelligent animals, much like the dogs and cats we share our homes with. So it’s no surprise that San Francisco’s annual Goat Festival, also known as “Goatchella,” drew a huge crowd of goat fans at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this weekend. What is surprising, though (and morbid), is that at a festival meant to celebrate goats, goat body parts were being cooked and offered up to festivalgoers.
When peta2 University of California–Berkeley campus rep Kitty Jones and her student group, the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy, heard about the planned goat sausage cooking demonstration taking place at the festival, they took action to speak up for goats.
In the middle of the cooking demonstration, Kitty and several other activists held up signs and began chanting loudly to remind everyone that the sausage used in the demonstration was made from the bodies of once-living goats who did not want to die.
Thanks to the courage of the student group and other activists, the chef shut down his cooking demonstration. Maybe next year, festival organizers will think twice about serving up dead goats at an event that is meant to celebrate people’s love for the animals.
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