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PETA Set to Release Meat-Allergy–Inducing Ticks in Northeastern U.S.

Written by Michelle Kretzer | April 1, 2013

We do get a little ticked off that some people are still eating animals, but we are not alone: Apparently, so does at least one breed of ticks. Scientists have discovered that the bite of the Lone Star tick causes people to develop an allergy to meat. Once a person has been bitten, if he or she eats meat, things can get a little uncomfortable and a hives-like rash can break out within hours. That gave PETA the germ of an idea, and we’d like your input.

Currently, the ticks are predominantly found in the southeastern United States. But PETA has hatched a plan to release Lone Star ticks in parks in the Northeast, hoping that warming weather and moist conditions will help the ticks thrive. PETA’s Don Beleav, a biologist who is investigating the feasibility of the project, explained how the resulting meat allergies will greatly benefit human beings who come into contact with the ticks:

Just as leeches purify the blood, these tiny insects can help people kick a habit that sucks for animals, human health, and the environment,” says Beleav. “Obviously, PETA’s main goal is to prevent animal suffering, but going vegetarian or vegan helps people lose weight, boosts their immune systems, and lowers their risk of three of our nation’s  biggest killers—heart disease, cancer, and strokes.” Beleav continues, “Really the only pushback we anticipate will be from fast-food companies. Maybe McDonald’s will start handing out free flea and tick collars with its value meals!

PETA is also considering offering the bugs by mail for anyone itching to go vegetarian but lacking the willpower to do so.

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  • Oscar Radl says:

    This would be classed as terrorism. And if a tick bit a dog, what does the dog do? Or a cat, or any other meat eating animal? And don’t say dogs can be vegetarian, because the only time a dog would eat veg in the wild would be the contents of their preys stomach. Hope this is April fools, either that of bio terrorism. The former is preferred.

  • Viv says:

    Sorry Purple Dove but the info you found on the Lone Star tick must have been put there by PETA as part of the April Sorry Purple Dove but the info you found about the Lone Star Tick must have been planted on the web by PETA as part of this April Fool’s joke. If you don’t believe me, have a good think about their biologist’s name. It’s just too good to be true. The biologist’s name is too good to be true.

  • Greenwings says:

    I too, am a loyal PeTA supporter and I also don’t think it would be a good thing to do.

  • Kayla says:

    And aren’t they suspected carriers of lyme disease? I don’t think we should be helping that along…

  • Blue says:

    I think this is an April fools. While I do think that peta has a noble cause, forcing people to be vegetarian is too much. Besides, isn’t farming and mailing ticks for human use something peta would be against?

  • Mike says:

    Seriously amazing!!! This is on eof the ways (call of the hour) that every animal protection advocates has been waiting for. Thanks to the Lone Star Ticks.

  • Derka says:

    This is obviously an April Fool’s joke, people.

  • shayma says:

    omg i forgot about april fools lol wish this was true tho!!!

  • Chrisxr11 says:

    I Am A body building who eat’s only farm grown happy animal’s well in the sense that their not tortured and have large land to Rome ect so what happen’s when i cant eat anymore mea?

  • Tahler says:

    Haha! APRIL FOOLS!

  • Sister Sue says:

    I’m with Chuck – April Fools!!

  • Sugar says:

    Haha hope this is an April fools!

  • Purple Dove says:

    When I first read Chucky’s comment, I thought this was an actual April Fools prank, so I looked up the Lone Star tick and sure enough, it said that it did indeed give people meat allergies! I thought it was too good to be true, but no! I was so happy when I read this post! But I must say, we have to collect ALOT of Lone Star ticks to put all across America, and maybe even the whole world! And also, we have to treat the ticks good, because it would be a bit ironic if an animal helping site was bad to ticks because ticks are animals too…

  • Allergic to Everything says:

    Please don’t. I mean really. Please don’t. I’m young, in my mid twenties, and I have two auto immune disorders (Celiacs Disease & Gluten Ataxia). I’m allergic to everything: Wheat, rye, barley, corn, dairy. The lining of my stomach is eroded, forcing me onto the low FODMAP diet. Additionally, I must cut out more foods that I love, such as avocados, all beans & legumes, and acidic foods: citrus, tomatoes, etc. If this tick bit me, literally, the only thing left I will have to eat are strawberries, blueberries, and rice. So please don’t. I wouldn’t wish a food allergy on anyone.

  • Bee says:

    I’m a loyal PETA member.. but I say Nay

  • Jessiechai says:

    Guys…. This is too smart. Seriously. I’m looking all over the net for these things I wanna do it too. Where can I get em tho?! I can’t find them!

  • Alicia says:

    Ha! Awesome. That’s so cool. It’s like the ticks are getting revenge for all the animals who are killed by meat-eaters!

  • Ella says:

    Whoa, cool! Great idea, PETA. This will save animals AND help people who get the allergy. Since I went vegan, I’ve never felt better!

  • Chucky says:

    Hahaha! You almost had me there, but then I noticed the name “Don Beleav” and remembered what day it was. It’s almost sad that this one isn’t true. Happy April Fools Day to y’all!