People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent Arizona Governor Jan Brewer a letter today, offering to rent space on the outside walls of the state capitol building and use it to advertise its veggie-driven agenda.
PETA wants to pay the state to drop a giant banner down the front of the capitol with the organizations "PETA Lettuce Lady," and the phrase "Lettuce Legislate: Meat-Free Monday."
In the letter, Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA, tells Brewer that the organization wants to help close the current budget gap.
"I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our tens of thousands of members and supporters across Arizona to offer a little financial help as the state considers selling some of its buildings in the capital. We would like to rent space to hang a banner on the Capitol's front facade featuring an image of one of our lovely Lettuce Ladies -- a gorgeous vegetarian woman tastefully clad only in lettuce leaves," the letter says.
The rest of the letter was used as a platform to condemn (natch) the consumption of meat and to promote "Meat Free Monday," a program to get people to not eat meat at least one day each week.
"As you may know, Sir Paul McCartney, who is known to spend time in Arizona when he can, recently added his support to the Meat-Free Mondays campaign, which urges everyone to eat only vegetarian foods at least one day per week.
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Going vegetarian even once a week would not only reduce the horrendous suffering that animals endure on factory farms and in slaughterhouses but also help protect the planet.
These days, millions of animals are raised in cramped, filthy conditions and mutilated in procedures such as ear-notching, castration, dehorning, debeaking -- all without any pain relief. Many are still conscious when their throats are cut.
Animal agriculture is a major cause of climate change, water pollution, and other environmental problems. In fact, a recent U.N. report concluded that meat production generates about 40 percent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the world's cars, trucks, planes, SUVs, and ships combined. In addition, going vegetarian is also better for our health, reducing the risk of developing heart disease, certain types of cancer, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and other serious health conditions."
Not that PETA will ever get Brewer's attention on this, but watching gun-toting members of the Legislature walk under a giant PETA banner everyday when they go to work would be rich.