Naked PETA Demonstration: Women Shower in Columbia's 5 Points

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Two women shower "naked" in Columbia's Five Points on August 11, 2011.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - People driving or walking through Columbia's Five Points during lunchtime got served up something unusual Thursday: two women showering "naked."

The women were a demonstation by animal rights group PETA--People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals--to draw attention to their issue.

The two set up a makeshift shower with a blue curtain at the corner of Greene and Harden Streets. They then disrobed, and began running water from a shower head. (They weren't completely naked--that would be indecent exposure. They had clothing items covering certain...parts.)

People driving by honked their horns, some people stopped to take pictures, and others just gathered around to see what was going on.

But it wasn't just about showing off. PETA'S demonstration was designed to get people's attention so they can make their claim that being a vegetarian could save water and help the environment.

"Skipping meat is more effective in helping save our environment than it would be to stop showering for six months," said Virginia Fort, a senior campaigner with PETA, who also was one of the women in the shower.

Fort claimed 2,400 of water is used to make one pound of meat.

"If just one person goes vegetarian by seeing our demonstration today, that will save 100 animals every year, and it would definetely be worth it," Fort said.

So you may be asking, is stripping down in public a good way to get the word out. Well, PETA said yes.

"It's a very fun and lighthearted way to bring attention to a very serious issue," Fort said.

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