Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Italian-American PETA member is offering to pay $100,000 to erect a permanent
testimony to vegetarianism in Rome's Leonardo da Vinci
Airport with a sentiment expressed by da Vinci himself. As Italy faces a mounting debt
crisis, PETA has made the country's new prime minister, Mario Monti, an offer that we
hope he can't refuse.
Illustration: © iStockphoto.com/Ivan Burmistrov | Plaque: © Alfonsodetomas/Dreamstime.com | Wall: © iStockphoto.com/parema
"Our goal is
to assist Italy and highlight da Vinci's passionate, but seldom discussed,
refusal to eat meat," writes PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews in a letter to
Vinci, who appears in PETA's new Vegetarian Icons postage stamp collection, was such an ardent defender of animals that he
sometimes bought caged birds from poultry vendors and set them free.
He frequently wrote about cruelty to animals in his Notebooks, writing of the meat and dairy
industries, "Endless multitudes will have their little [babies] taken from
them, ripped open and flayed and most cruelly cut in pieces" and "Of
the beasts from whom cheese is made … the milk will be taken from the tiny [babies]."
Do you think Italy's
prime minister should accept PETA's offer to erect our da Vinci sign?
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