PETA's new “Glass Walls” exhibition—which takes its name from Sir Paul McCartney's poignant quote, If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian – is making its national debut on the National Mall, and celebrating its arrival in Washington is civil rights leader and D.C. Congressmember Eleanor Holmes Norton, who, along with PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, will launch the exhibit on Wednesday.
The exhibit, which will run through September 3, comprises 12 large panels showing similarities between past oppressions of humans and the current exploitation of other species. It focuses on how people in the past and present have sought to justify abuse and exploitation—regardless of the victims’ identities.
“Child labor, human slavery, and the oppression of women all came to be opposed by our society, thanks to the passion and hard work of human rights activists,” says Newkirk. “We hope that PETA’s display will help people see that nonhuman animals suffer today just as humans once did—and that we can all make small changes in our lives to help make animal oppression a thing of the past.”
The first 352 people to visit the exhibit each day will receive a free DVD of McCartney’s video exposé of the meat industry, “Glass Walls.” Last year, the DVD was included in gift bags given to nominees and presenters at the Golden Globes.
The launch event takes place at 10:45am on July 20 at National Mall, across from the National Museum of Natural History (on Madison Avenue N.W. between Ninth and 12th streets N.W.), Washington.