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‘The Diner’ Is Open for Business

Written by PETA | June 4, 2010

Tourists in Washington, D.C., are getting some food for thought courtesy of PETA’s art installation on the National Mall. The Diner, by political artist Greg Metz, is housed inside a 28-foot 1955 Airstream trailer. One side of this clever piece shows a re-creation of the Last Supper—with famous vegetarians throughout history, including Sir Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson, George Bernard Shaw, and Gandhi, replacing the apostles—and the other side shows graphic images of factory farms and slaughterhouses. Imbedded in the Airstream is a TV screen that plays PETA’s video “Meet Your Meat.”


The Diner

The Diner

The Diner


The Diner is getting lots of attention. Thousands of people are stopping by every day, and many leave with stickers and copies of PETA’s vegetarian/vegan starter kit and our video “Chew on This: 30 Reasons to Go Vegetarian.”

The Diner will remain on the National Mall at the intersection of 14th Street S.W. and Jefferson Drive S.W. through Sunday, so if you’re in town, come by and say “Hi.” But if you can’t make it to the Mall before then, check out this Flickr page.

Written by Paula Moore

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  • Saucy says:

    THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS VEGAN. Genesis 129 The KING of a VEGAN KINGDOM is not a meat eater. Yesterday morning I had a Revelation on how to get through to the church. Send them a check a tithe. Something substantial get their attention. You know the meat industry does probably with a box of steaks. Along with the check send them graphics everything you got. Don’t forget the vegan chocolates. I would put them on the payroll and send them a check every month. I would go with Joyce Meyer Ministry and Joel Osteen. Joyce Meyer to whom I am eternally grateful saved my life. Joel Osteen whom I heard speak with his own lips very cautiously of course the meat industry’s best friend is modern day Christianity about the confinement of animals on factory farms. He also said that his family does not eat pork. When these two people get a hold of this and start spreading their message around the world their broadcasts go out to hundreds of millions of people there is not a man on earth or a demon in hell that is gonna stop those gates from swinging open and setting the captives free. The gates of hell will not prevail against the CHURCH OF CHRIST. Devil be Damned! We serve a GOOD GOD a MERCIFUL GOD a RIGHTEOUS GOD. PS Along with that send them a cover letter………Is this the TABLE OF CHRIST or IS THE KING OF A VEGAN KINGDOM a meat eater or WWJD. You get my drift Contact me anytime if you get stumped. I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with PETA.

  • ocean17 says:

    this display is fine however it’s very strange when one can’t tell the difference between fairies hobgoblins leperchauns ghosts and invisible omnipotent religious entities. keep up the good work PETA.

  • christina says:

    I agree with saucy. I pointed out to my mother once during Mass when the father said “and gave them of the GREEN things to eat” and I’m pretty sure that does not mean frogs and male eclectus parrots. Also the Bible mentions that God gave man dominion over animals but that’s not the same as the right to eat them. As PETA often says the Queen of England has dominion over her people but I’ve neer seen her munching on them!

  • Lois says:

    I agree with you James. EVERYONE has Jesus on their side even people who go to war in Jesus’ name. That verse is from Luke 244143 and shows that if Jesus was a vegetarian he was the kind who thinks fish are vegetables! It’s a neat piece of artwork though kind of whimsical and fun as well as bearing a message. I wish there were better pictures of it.

  • liz says:

    awesome! You guys should open up in more places if this is successful. It’s a great way to make some extra money for PETA! as well as promoting vegetarian food

  • Susan Ballarini says:

    Somewhere in The Bible it says that animals are to eat green vegetation and humans fruit. We are meant to be vegetarian from day one.

  • Saucy says:

    Oh Look! It’s the TABLE OF CHRIST. How wonderful. How Fun. Paul McCartney Pamela Anderson…….Ghandi…….George Barnard Shaw. Now that’s what I call a Party. I bet Jesus makes some mighty fine wine and some really good herbs too. Keep hammering away at the Church PETA. I know I will till my dying breath. You don’t have to be a Born Again Christian or Catholic to know right from wrong. That’s why God judges hearts and not religions. Because LOVE is the highest law of all. James don’t believe everything you read. Just because they smeared lambs blood at Passover doesn’t mean that that was what they had to do. You don’t think God knew who was a Jew and who wasn’t. Don’t blame Christ for the errors of man. Jesus was most certainly VEGAN. GO VEGAN.

  • Helen Jones says:

    I am not Christian but I believe Jesus was basically a wise and peaceful man who came to earth to teach us a lesson. If we want to focus on the mistakes of the christian church then we are missing his message. Jesus came as a human being and no one is perfect! Anyway that stuff about what God did and said come on those stories are not meant to be taken literally. Those stories are rich in myth and allegory if we take them as absolute truths of course they will fall apart.

  • Randi Gray says:

    I believe in God and Jesus. However I don’t feel the need to use that belief to justify the torture and abuse of helpless animals for my own human consumption. Where are your true morals people? You cannot really think that God would condone that kind of abuse on any living creature.

  • Kathryn Dalenberg says:

    I agree with James Coon. Jesus and Christianity reeks with violence and animal sacrifice as a form of worship. Give me a break! ! !

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  • Maria says:

    I love this! Wish there was one near me! btw does anyone know where those plates can be purchased?

  • jennifer cassell says:

    I think that Gandhi would have been more appropriate to use as the religious figure when it’s to convey a message of animal rights.

  • Eric M says:

    James the vast majority of biblical scholars agree that the Gospels were written well after Jesus’ time and had the opinions and ideas of their authors added on. Read the Gospel According To Jesus by Stephen Mitchell for the best we can do as to what Jesus actually said minus all the additions. If you look at the first sects of christianity that formed from Jesus’ actual disciples you’ll see that they were vegetarians The Essenes for example. How interesting that they were vegetarian during a time and place on the earth where few were. There is much evidence of Jesus’ vegetarianism and it certainly fits well with his message.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Actually yes Jesus did protest animal sacrifices. In one sermon he clearly stated His Father was tired of the blood of thousands of animals being smeared on the altar in his name that he wanted true faith from the people instead of that. And yes Jesus did eat meat…but like the rest of the poor living in Israel at that time it was rarely. There were no meat subsidies in those days so the basis of the Judean diet was bread as in “Give us this day our daily bread.” When Jesus taught the people to pray this prayer he included that line because he knew what a struggle most people had just to feed themselves one meal of bread a day vegetables could not be counted on to be available and meat was an impossibility for most not because of moral reasons but because they were too poor to afford it.

  • ocean17 says:

    i too am skeptical about organized religion it raised more questions than it answers. Nice work PETA that’s something i can sink my teeth into.

  • Lindsey says:

    I’m really glad that people that may not have otherwise come to find out that factory farming is as disgraceful as it is may have the opportunity passing by the display to at least notice that it is just that. I felt so cheated when I learned about factory farming and realized what I had been eating and the abuse I was unknowingly supporting that was COMPLETELY against my values. I don’t want anyone else to ever feel that sense of being cheated…it is so important that people come to realize the importance of knowing where their food comes from and the abuse the animals suffer. Animals are not on this earth for us they are not ours for use or abuse they do feel pain and they should not have to bear it. Thanks again PETA for another chance for the uneducated to begin getting educated on the horrific practices involved in factory farming.

  • Catherine says:

    I belive that Jesus is here to be a symbol of peace. He may have eaten meat but you cannot deny that he promoted Peace for all of God’s Creatures.

  • James Coon says:

    Why is Jesus here? I find it odd that no matter what social group you belong to there are always people who insist that Jesus was either a part of that group or followed its ideals. Isn’t this the son of the deity that forced people to smear lamb’s blood on their door if they wanted to keep their firstborn children alive. The son of the guy who supposedly wiped out every living thing on Earth except for two of each animal and Noah’s family? The guy who consorted with fishermen and never protested animal sacrifices? “Jesus said unto them Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of broiled fish. … And he took it and did eat before them””