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Protest over 'cruel' frogs' legs chippy in Sunderland

Frog (generic)
Peta said the slaughter process was "immensely cruel"

Animal rights campaigners are to protest outside a fish and chip shop which serves battered frogs' legs.

Katie Macs in Pennywell, Sunderland, put the delicacy on its menu after requests from customers who had eaten the dish in France.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) plan to demonstrate later this month, saying the slaughter process is "immensely cruel".

Chip shop owner Katie McMullan said she had no plans to stop selling the meal.

I don't force anyone to eat the frogs legs and people have come from far afield to try them
Katie McMullan

Rose Glover of Peta said: "Frogs may not be as cute or cuddly as cats or dogs but they still have the same capacity to feel pain.

"These animals suffer immensely when they are killed for their legs. They are often taken to cutting centres in bags by the hundred and sliced through the belly while they are still fully conscious and they can take up to an hour to die."

Ms McMullan said she was surprised when she heard of the group's plans for a protest at the shop on 18 March.

She said: "I'm not planning to take them off the menu at this time.

"I certainly don't want to offend anyone but I don't force anyone to eat the frogs legs and people have come from far afield to try them."



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