Written by Michelle Kretzer
14 is Albert Einstein's
birthday, and the celebration was
in full swing at Princeton University, where he held a position until his
death, when PETA showed up with an Einstein that made the rest of the tributes look
like mere bosons:
though we had to use a bit of string theory to keep the big-brained scientist
on his feet, students flocked to take pictures with him and hear what was
perhaps his best equation: Veggies = health + happiness.
to Einstein, who was a vegetarian,
manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would
most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."
say that's relativity genius.
Schools named after Albert Einstein clearly have high hopes for their students' potential. So, for Einstein's
birthday on March 14, PETA is urging some of his namesake schools to serve only
vegetarian food, funded by PETA, in the school's cafeteria. Eating vegetarian is just as smart as devising the theory of relativity, which is probably why
great minds such as Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Pythagoras, and Gandhi refused to eat animals.
colorful, kid-friendly leaflet that PETA would give to students, Einstein is quoted as saying, "So I am living
without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way.
It almost seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore."
And he was right—the saturated fats and cholesterol in meat contribute to heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Mercury in fish can also cause learning problems and memory
loss. But plant-based foods such as blueberries, avocados, whole grains, and
nuts contain powerful nutrients to help students' growing minds reach their
We don't have to be able to come up with E=mc2
in order to look like geniuses. We just have to raid the produce aisle.
Written by PETA
Sam Neill, star of that "oldie but goodie," er …
… Shoot, what was that one?
… Oh, yeah, Jurassic Park! Anyway, Sam Neill's fossilizing career now has him plugging the consumption of artery-clogging meat from abused cows, pigs, and other animals in commercials for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
In the ads, MLA has Mr. Neill suggesting that eating meat will make a person smarter (hardly) and more energetic (not so). And as if that weren't offensive enough, Sam's co-star in the two spots is an orangutan named Dennis.
Jason Baker, director of PETA Asia-Pacific, wasted no time—or words—in his letter to Mr. Neill:
"Seeing you pimp for an industry that is linked to the main killers of human beings as well as of animals is, well, sad."
"Some of the most accomplished and brilliant thinkers in history were vegetarian—including Einstein, Leonardo de Vinci, Plato, Pythagoras, Mahatma Gandhi and Isaac Newton. Studies published in the British Medical Journal have shown that people with a higher IQ are more likely to go vegetarian—yes, it really is the smart choice."
It's a no-brainer. A vegetarian diet is better for your brain, animals, and environment. Hopefully, Mr. Neill will realize this and get out of the meat-promoting business before his career reaches full-blown extinction.
Written by Karin Bennett
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