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PETA to Omelette Festival: Scramble Tofu, Not Eggs

Written by PETA | November 2, 2007
Tofu Scramble
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There’s a little town in LA called Abbeville, whose claim to fame is its annual Giant Omelette Festival. Held each fall, the event centers on—brace yourself—a giant omelette that is made from more than 5000 eggs*. PETA Senior VP Lisa Lange—a former Louisianian and Cajun whose dad grew up in Abbeville—got wind of the event, she was all over it, wasting no time in firing off a letter to the organizers asking that they replace the eggs in this year’s omelette with tofu. PETA is even offering to pay for all the tofu . . . What a deal!

I’ll let you know if we hear back from the organizers, but, uhm, don’t hold your breath. In the meantime, here is a news story about it, and here is Lisa’s letter.

*In addition to being utterly disgusting (eggs are, like, chicken periods, after all), eggs are a product of quite possibly the most abusive industry on the planet. Egg laying hens endure a nightmare that lasts about two years, during which time a large portion of each hen’s beak is cut off with a burning-hot blade, and they are shoved into tiny wire “battery” cages with five to 11 other hens. Even in the best scenario, each hen will spend the rest of her life crowded in a space about the size of a file drawer with four other hens, unable to lift even a single wing. Additionally, since male chicks are worthless to the egg industry, every year millions of them are tossed into trash bags to suffocate or are thrown into high-speed grinders called macerators while they are still alive. Sorry to be such a buzz kill here, but hey, that’s my job.

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  • Ariel says:

    As this “argument” which is truly not an argument but fact continues ad nauseum ad infinitum primitive to evolution mankind does NOT have fangs to tear apart meat. Each species of animal including human animal is orally equipped with the accommodated means for chewing or consuming food. Take a look at each species and what they eat for example most fish do not have teeth therefore they eat kelp. Birds do not have teeth therefore they eat seeds. Cows no fangs eat grains. The rodent family eats the types of foods that they can gnaw to keep their teeth from continually growing to great length ie carrots nuts etc. Predators eat prey meat because they are naturally equipped with fangs and pointed incisiors to kill and properly chew their prey. Domestically speaking dogs omnivorescarnivors and cats carnivorescontinued from evolution fangs and pointed incisors that are functional for the purpose of properly chewing meat. The human animal does neither fangs nor sharply pointed incisors. No scientfic studies needed the proof is in anyone’s acknowledged vision of nature’s habits. And what parameters re meat defines “excess”? “Excess” varies with each individual. What is considered too little for some is too much for others.

  • Caboose (Combine Slayer) says:

    Ariel Meat only causes those problems when eaten in excess. We have incisors to help us with our meat. Molars for the greens or to mash food up. Candy and other sweets are MUCH worse than meat.

  • Ariel says:

    Hi Ana I just want to let you know in case I never get the chance that history has always been one of my very favorite subjects BUT ironically was never particularly good at it in high school well the tests anyway Anyway I love to watch the History Ch. and any other channels that have documentaries about history and I learn more on that than I did in school which was over a 100 years ago! I find it strange that some “facts” I learned in high school are suddenly different. I guess that’s because more real facts come to the surface over the years and more “secrets” become revealed. I would really like to have a conversation with you about history well actually learn from you. But since this is an ar’s blog site then it wouldn’t be acceptable. Anyway I think it’s REALLY interesting how historical events come into focus with ar’s activism such as with slavery the holocaust etc. Just another thought I’ve always been fascinated with the theory of “time travel” going back in time to visit certain eras. I was watching a documentary about that one time and physicists explained that “time travel” would not be feasible until a time machine has been invented and ONLY from the moment the “key” is turned on would it be possible to go back but only from the point it was turned on. They also said that IF it were possible to go back in historic times we wouldn’t be able to change anything because something would occur or get in our way to to prevent us from making any changes. Interesting. And Ana I’m sure YOU have really really done a LOT more for ar’s activism than I could ever have done. I give you all the credit in the world. It has been my GREAT pleasure to have been in contact with you a very very rare and admirable person…take care and the best to you always! Keep up the good fight!