We Love What You Do, For Real
If I haven’t said it enough before, we absolutely love seeing and hearing about all the things you’re doing to help animals! Everything you do—from handing out stickers to your friends or putting a video on your page to organizing a “Kentucky Fried Cruelty” demonstration or wearing a “Cut Class, Not Frogs” shirt, sends the message that animals need to be treated better. That being said, here is something awesome that Ohio Street Teamer Katrina Taber did recently that I just had to share with you!
Katrina’s description in her Street Team report was so good that I wanted to keep it as is, so enjoy this in Katrina’s own words:
In my painting class at school, we were assigned a “container” project. In this project, the container (box, bowl, etc.) was not just supposed to be painted and pretty, nor was it supposed to be obviously a box. We were to put something inside the box, and make whatever additions to the box that we felt necessary. The project was also supposed to explain something about the artist, in this case, about me.
After thinking about what I could do for this project for a while, I decided that I was going to make something that would get people’s attention, and as a vegan for the last year and a half, peta2 came to my mind. I decided that I was going to give the animals a voice and expose the cruel conditions that they must endure during the slaughtering process.
The size of my box seemed the perfect shape for a semi-truck, so I decided to make my box into a truck that was off to the slaughterhouse. On the outside of my box, I painted delightful scenes of a sunrise over hills, symbolizing the general public’s romanticized view of what farms are really like. I also decided to write “Heavenly Sunshine Farms…We do ’em right!” on the back of the truck to emphasize this false view. The truck is painted a fierce blood red, and the top of the cargo (out of sight, had it been a real-size truck) read, “Open and you shall see the bloody truth.”
Inside the truck was a different story…the reality. I glued some plastic farm animals inside, very crammed together. I also made blood dripping down the sides of the truck as well as spattered all over the poor animals.
My art teacher said to me as I turned it in, “This is a very clever message, Katrina!” In fact, she liked the message and the project so much that she displayed it in the main art showcase in the main hallway of my school, where everyone could see it. Needless to say, I received many compliments and comments on my project from my fellow students, to whom I passed out my peta2 stickers!
Amazing, right? What have you been doing lately to help animals? Have you made vegetarian tacos for a friend? Or maybe you’ve posted a bulletin about our latest KFC supplier investigation. Whatever it is you’re doing, we love it when you keep us in the loop! Let us know by commenting below, but don’t forget to submit Street Team reports for all the things you do to help animals—though if you aren’t a Street Teamer yet, you’ll have to register first, of course (and FYI, I <3 Street Teamers, if that's extra incentive!).
PS – Before I got my job at peta2, I was a Street Teamer myself! For those of you who don’t know, the peta2 Street Team is where it’s at! Once you sign up, we’ll e-mail you with all the latest ways to help animals, and you can earn points for all the great things you do. You can save up those points to exchange for sweet things like t-shirts, hoodies, and other peta2 merch. Who wouldn’t want to get in on that?
PPS – For those of you who are on the Street Team, check out the Street Team Goods page—we’ve added some new stuff!