Thursday, August 14, 2008

PETA to Mexicans: Don't cross border

So, PETA, the anti-meat lobbying group, wants to buy ad space on the new border fence, to warn all would-be illegal immigrants of the grave dangers facing them if they cross into America. You know, like eating meat.

(Obligatory eye-candy. Credit: PETA)
While many view the contentious border fence as a government fiasco, an animal rights group sees a rare opportunity.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans today to announce an unusual marketing pitch to the U.S. government: Rent us space on the fence for billboards warning illegal border crossers there is more to fear than the Border Patrol.

The billboards, in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: "If the Border Patrol Doesn't Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan."

"We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables," said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA's vegan campaigns. ...

Article here. As an omnivore, I don't have any problem with vegans or vegetarians. I figure they reduce demand for USDA Prime, thus helping to lower prices (lower demand = lower prices). Thus, I happily encourage more people to abstain from meat, because the net result will be more big, juicy steaks, at lower cost, for the rest of us. Yum. :)

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