According to media reports, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has submitted an application with the Capitol Police to erect a pig pen on the steps of the nation's capital. The animal rights activists want it to include fans to blow the urine and manure odor toward lawmakers.

Among PETA's objective for the display is to illustrate that the recent worldwide H1N1 flu outbreak is linked to hog farms. There is no evidence that any hogs carry the specific influenza virus.

"Meat has long been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, but disease-breeding factory farms could be the death of us all," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. She goes on to say that the best way to protect animals and human health is for people to become vegetarian.

PETA is erecting billboards with similar messages. Among the points PETA wants make and put on display at the U.S. capital include:

  • 3,500, 1-gallon buckets of pig manure and urine to represent the 3,500 tons of polluting animal waste that PETA says the average factory farm produces each year.
  • Large fans to send the odors wafting throughout the plaza.
  • Three "pigs" in narrow metal crates to represent the "3 million mother pigs who are so severely confined that they are unable even to turn around or take a single step in any direction."
  • A video showing PETA's undercover footage taken inside factory farms "of pigs who scream as workers cut out their testicles and teeth without using any painkillers, cut notches in the animals' ears, and much more."
  • A banner that reads, "Ban Factory Farming--Go Vegetarian. PETA"
  • A stand for distributing copies of PETA's free "Vegetarian Starter Kit"

Source: The Hill