Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Activists hoist inflatable puppy outside American Meat Institute Expo in Dallas
Annual trade show is usually held in Chicago but takes place in Dallas this year.
DALLAS Activists from Mercy For Animals, a national non-profit, gathered near the American Meat Institute Expo in Dallas on Tuesday with a 10-foot inflatable puppy in a hamburger bun, hoping to draw attention to their mission of preventing cruelty to farmed animals.
The group convened at Dealey Plaza, where they formed a line in the grassy courtyard in front of the Old Red Courthouse, designed to catch the eye of vehicles entering downtown Dallas on Main and Commerce Streets. A few police officers watched from Houston Street.
The American Meat Expo is part of a large food trade convention being held at the Dallas Convention Center May 1–3, along with the Food Marketing Institute 2012 Show, United Fresh Produce Association's United Fresh, and the U.S. Food Showcase. These shows have traditionally taken place in Chicago, and are expected to bring 25,000 attendees to Dallas.
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