Written by PETA
you've ever read one of PETA's "Piense
Antes de Comer" leaflets or seen actor Constance Marie's spay-and-neuter
billboard—or any of our countless other Spanish materials—you're already familiar with our outreach to Latinos.
But at Mama's International Tamales in downtown Los Angeles yesterday, we
celebrated a groundbreaking moment with the official launch of our newest
outreach division, PETA Latino! And the stars were out to celebrate with us. Television star Marco Antonio
Regil hosted the event, and actor Patricia
De León unveiled her new pro-vegetarian ad, reading (in Spanish), "Eat
Your Vegetables. They're Very Tasty." Hollywood beauties Daniella
Alonso and Mayte
Garcia were also there to show off their PETA ads and sample the delicious
and Patricia both gave impassioned speeches about the importance of reaching
out to the Spanish-speaking community and adopting a meat-free diet for
animals, human health, and the planet. And PETA's vice president of communications,
Lisa Lange, rounded out the afternoon with some words on PETA's ongoing
commitment to the Latino community and anyone who wants to live a compassionate
lifestyle, no matter what language he or she speaks. "Our goal," she
said, "is to make PETA Latino an indispensible resource for everyone in
and Patricia mingled with the dozens of supporters and reporters who came out
to share this groundbreaking moment for animals and even stopped to snap a
picture with their matching Pure bracelets
(made of all-vegan materials, of course!),
made by Energy Muse, which is donating a portion of the sales of the stylish
bracelet to PETA's lifesaving campaigns.
the fun didn't end when we were done munching on delicious vegan taquitos,
tamales, and pupusas. Back at the Bob Barker Building, we
got back to work strengthening PETA Latino with new Spanish outreach materials,
videos, and content for PETALatino.com. Check it out!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Students at Los Angeles' predominantly Latino Roosevelt High School may soon be adding "animal rights advocate" to their lists of extracurricular activities. Vegan and award-winning TV host Marco Antonio Regil premiered his new Spanish-language version of Paul McCartney's haunting meat industry exposé for PETA, "Glass Walls," to the school's stunned students.
Almost all of them picked up information about going vegan, and about 15 students signed a pledge to go vegan on the spot.
The documentary's title comes from McCartney's famous quote "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian," and many vegetarians and vegans list "Glass Walls" as the reason why they made the switch. Marco wanted members of the Latino community to see for themselves the routine cruelty to animals that the meat industry tries to conceal.
The students readily accepted copies of the new DVD to share with their families and joined Marco for a vegan meal provided by Chipotle. Marco explained that Mexican-American children are 60 percent more likely to be overweight than non-Hispanic white children and urged them to learn about how going vegan could improve their health. He also encouraged them to stay tuned for PETA's new bilingual website, PETALatino.com, launching this winter.
It seems as though the new "Glass Walls" is helping to shatter cultural boundaries.
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