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Newark Mayor Takes On the Colonel?

Written by PETA | April 16, 2009
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Cory Booker

To paraphrase Adam Ant, he don’t drink, don’t smoke, what does he do? He eats a vegetarian diet too! Of course, I’m talking about Newark, New Jersey’s teetotaling, carrot-crunching mayor, Cory Booker. So, if any mayor would be likely to take us up on our suggestion to ban fast-food restaurants, it would have to be Mayor Booker, right?

Well, that’s what we think, which is why we’ve asked the mayor to ban the construction of new fast-food restaurants in Newark. Our reasoning goes like this: Studies show that people who live near fast-food restaurants have higher rates of strokes and obesity, and Newark residents have more than their fair share of both. Why not tackle both of those health issues—and beautify Newark at the same time—by banning golden arches and giant red-and-white striped buckets?

We think there’s a chance that the mayor will go along with us on this one. Who knows—maybe Newark could become the next Akron, Ohio.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • liz says:

    why can’t i find the name of the corporations that run or own factory farms

  • Justine says:

    I just posted a comment on another PETA story saying “Lots of celebs are vegan or vegetarian but it would be great if there were politicians who embraced the veggie movement too!” Well it looks like there’s one who already has! Cool!

  • James Jack says:

    It’s very impressive Mr. mayor Booker was a Veg Thank you very much. we should go veg. it is issue of our Health and animals life.

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    I like bean buritos from the Taco Bells and I look forward to eating them once again if the damned parent company would get KFC to humanely kill the chickens. So personally no. Lets not ban fast food restaurants. Lets just let the bungholes who can’t limit what they eat to their death.

  • Robyn says:

    Wow I didn’t realize Mayor Booker was veg! Impressive in addition to his other seemingly positive qualities. Hope this plan works the less fastfood places the better…unless they are completely veg locations of course which would be awesome

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