PETA members protest on Cannery Row.
Friday, April 30, 2010
On a sunny Friday afternoon on Cannery Row, tourists out for lunch got an unexpected eyeful when PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) member Christina Cho donned body paint and tights to make up her like a jungle snake.
Cho, senior campaigner Ashley Byrne and another member set up post on the t-bone of Prescott avenue and Cannery Row to stand against the usage of exotic animal skins for fashion under a sign that read: "Exotic animals belong in the jungle, not on your feet."
Many passers-by snapped cellphone photos of Cho and took hand-outs from Byrne on the treatment of animals.
"I'm speechless, because it is an odd way to protest," said Nancy Bahem of Walnut Creek. "But in protecting wildlife, this is the place to do it, with the Aquarium and all."
Cho laid quietly on the ground under the PETA sign as nearby business owners complained about the display, but no police were called.
When asked if the faux snakeskin body sock was comfortable on the concrete sidewalk under a warm, noon sun, Cho replied, "Not really, but it's much more comfortable than being skinned alive for your fur."
Walking by, two older men from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Byrne condemned them for eating meat, which she said would clog their arteries.
"Honey, at my age (65), who gives a shit?" said Jeff Connole. "I love a good, juicy steak. Absolutely."