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Officially, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals demonstration at the Indian Embassy April 6 was a protest against India’s treatment of cattle. Though many Indians don’t eat beef, says the animal-rights group, their country sacrifices cows to its leather industry. But in symbolically slaughtering a papier-mache cow in front of the embassy’s Massachusetts Avenue NW gates, the animal-rights activists may have precipitated their own inadvertent animal killing. Some of the fake blood from the fake cow, it seems, wound up landing on both passers-by and the sidewalk. The viscous mixture of sugar and red water attracted another species: bees. One man swatted at the aerial interlopers. The activists, though, stayed on message. “There’s no excuse for animal abuse!” they chanted. —Garance Franke-Ruta