A PRESTON woman is planning to take part in an (almost) nude protest in London.
Wairess Khesha Patel, from Southern Parade in Frencwood, will join around 100 other animal rights supporters on her 24th birthday to lie nearly nude in a heap in Trafalgar Square on November 1.
The event has been organised by American animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a bid to persuade shoppers and passers-by to have compassion for the animals killed for their flesh as part of the meat and fishing industries every year.
The 23-year-old said: “Animals feel pain, fear, love and joy, just as humans do, yet billions of them are killed every year for products that are poisoning the environment and making humans sick.”
Khesha, a former pupil at Corpus Christi Catholic High School and Cardinal Newman College, added: “ I am happy to use my body to challenge people to think about the massive toll that the meat industry takes on animals, the Earth and human health – and to go vegan.”
She added; “I recently moved down to London for work after graduating from Durham. I have been vegetarian all my life and have a vegan for three years now.
“This will be an unusual way to celebrate my birthday and I have never done anything like this before.
“When I told my sisters they were proud of me and my family is supportive.
“They know how passionate I am about this.”
Khesha, who graduated with a sociology degree form Durham, is hoping to peruse a career in international development.