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It Doesn’t Take an Einstein, But Here’s One Anyway

Each week, PETA’s campaigners publish a new post about their lives traveling the country and fighting for animals. This week’s post was written by Matt Bruce.

May 28 2013

It was a very windy day in Princeton, New Jersey, and I had a really tough time getting Albert Einstein to stay in place. I struggled with him on the sidewalk, I wrestled with him in the street, and I even battled him while in the thorny grip of a leafless tree. Finally, I was able to conquer the more than 9-foot-tall physicist by tying him down to a nearby street light. Did I mention that this is an inflatable Einstein?

That’s right, a 9 1/2-foot-tall inflatable character with an IQ much higher than mine—it was a humbling experience. Not only was it Einstein’s birthday, it was also Pi Day (March 14, or 3/14), and the celebration at Princeton University was in full swing. Many of the people walking by were wearing specially made “Pi Day” shirts, and each time someone posed with big ol’ Al, I would countdown “1, 2, 3″ for the photo, and on “3,” invariably there would be some students nearby who would yell, “Pi Day!”

The demonstration definitely had a fun vibe, so people passing by were happy to take literature and hear what I had to say. Many people who witnessed me wrestling the giant genius from nearby windows came down to have a quick chat and learn about the issue: When you think of Albert Einstein, his theory of relativity or acclaimed equation, E=mc², probably comes to mind. But he made another brilliant “discovery”—that neither he nor any other human should eat animals.

Everyone would agree that Einstein was no dummy, and going vegetarian was one of the most intelligent moves that he ever made. With so many delicious vegan options available, there has never been a better time to make the switch to a kinder, smarter diet. And that’s one thing that isn’t “relative.”

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