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Eat da Veggies Like da Vinci

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan | February 1, 2012

A generous 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.

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“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 Monti.

About Da Vinci’s Cruelty-Free Lifestyle

Da 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].”  

What Do You Think?

Do you think Italy’s prime minister should accept PETA’s offer to erect our da Vinci sign?

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  • Sharon F. says:

    What I think is that PETA needs to drop this “go vegetarian” business. The only cruelty free lifestyle is a vegan one. How many people, taken in by gentle prodding to go vegetarian, will continue eating animal secretians, thinking that they are eating in a humane way, unaware of the horrific misery inflicted on animals by the egg and dairy industries? The word vegan is not going to scare anyone who is seeking a cruelty free lifestyle. .What is scary is the fact that anyone who eats animal products is abetting the animal holocaust to continue.The torture and the incomprensible horror that these innocent animals endure is forever etched in my soul,partly due to what I saw in PETA’s revealing videos. Watch these exposes of the meat, dairy and egg industries and please go vegan, for the animals.

  • Claudia says:

    Not so bad but as in Italy like many other countries there are so much people that haven’t money to eat why don’t use this amount to prepare and offer a great vegetarian lunch for poor, you can also add a gift leaving everyone bio-vegetable seeds!

  • Jill says:

    Great idea!!! Lets pray they do it.

  • Katherine says:

    Great idea! I hope they accept!

  • J. says:

    amazing idea!