Protester dished up on tray
A NEAR-naked woman climbed on to a giant meat tray in Brisbane yesterday and covered herself in plastic as part of protests against a global meat congress.
About 20 Animal Liberation activists attempted to disrupt the 2006 World Meat Congress and convert meat eaters to vegetarians.
Jamie Yew, of Melbourne, threw fake blood over herself before climbing into an oversized "meat tray" to represent "a typical package of meat".
"We're challenging people to think about what they're eating," the 23-year-old said.
Other protesters held placards which read, "Meat, as natural as murder" and handed out "vegetarian starter kits".
The congress, at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, has attracted more than 600 members of the beef and livestock industry from around the world.
It aims to showcase Australia's meat industries and provide access to the world's leading decision-makers and experts in the meat trade.
Animal Liberation Victoria president Patty Mark said protesters hoped to give the meat industry "a strong message that their time is up".
"The number of vegetarians is growing globally, and we reckon by the year 2020 that we will have a mainly vegan world," she said.
More protests were planned until the event ends tomorrow.
Meat and Livestock Australia managing director David Palmer said such demonstrations would have no impact on the industry's image.
"The Australian meat industry, and in fact the worldwide meat industry, has for generations been operating to very strict welfare standards in each and every country," he said.
Mr Palmer said efforts to ban livestock production was a debate that would not go far, given 96 per cent of the population ate meat.
"It's our job in this country and other producing nations around the world to satisfy that demand worldwide," he said.