Smithfield town staff have confirmed that back when the Isle of Wight Arts League was taking entries for the eight pig statues located around town, representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked to sponsor one that would have protested factory farming.
The town said “no.”
The national organization, dedicated to the ethical treatment of animals, approached Smithfield planners with a public porcine creation of their own, stating they wanted to put it in front of the former Smithfield Ham Shoppe, said Smithfield Planner William Saunders.
Painted on each side of the proposed PETA porcine statue was “No, I don’t have any spare ribs!”
The statue also included celebrity quotes against factory farming and statements about the positive qualities of pigs, said Laura Wilson, campaign coordinator for PETA....
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