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Group's Money Would Help One of America's Dirtiest Cities
Ditch Its Muddy Reputation
For Immediate Release:September 27, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Houston, Texas -- Today, in response to the news that Houston was recently
named one of the dirtiest cities in America by Travel + Leisure magazine, PETA sent a letter to Harry
J. Hayes, director of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department, offering to
pay the city to place an ad on Houston's garbage trucks that touts the
environmental benefits of going vegan. The ad would
feature a sexy bikini-clad "Lettuce Lady" and read, "Meat
Trashes the Planet. Go Vegan." PETA points out that in addition to causing
immense animal suffering, raising animals for food is one of the top
contributors to the most serious environmental problems.
"Our proposal is a win-win solution: Houston will be
better able to keep clean, and people will be encouraged to adopt a healthy and
humane vegan diet that won't pollute the environment," says PETA Executive
Vice President Tracy Reiman. "The meat and dairy industries are among the
leading causes of environmental devastation, so the easiest way for Houston
residents to clean up their act and the environment is to go vegan."
information, please visit PETA.org.
letter to Harry J. Hayes, director of Houston's Solid Waste Management
September 27, 2012
Harry J. Hayes, DirectorSolid Waste Management Department
Dear Mr. Hayes,
I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters—including
many thousands across Texas. Houstonians must be disappointed that your fine
city was recently named one of the dirtiest cities in the U.S. by Travel +
Leisure magazine. We'd like to help by giving your department's budget a
boost by paying to place an ad on your
garbage trucks. Our ad features a sexy "Lettuce Lady" and reads,
"Meat Trashes the Planet. Go Vegan. Free Starter Recipes: PETA.org."
our ad would help cover some of the costs of your department's crucial
public services, and every Houston resident who goes
vegan after seeing it would help to make the city and planet cleaner. The U.N.
has declared that animal agriculture is "one of the top two or three most
significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every
scale from local to global." This includes air pollution, which played a
big role in landing Houston on the dirtiest cities list. According to a new study by
the University of California–Riverside, charbroiling one hamburger creates as
much air pollution as an 18-wheeler truck driving 143 miles, so going vegan is
one of the most effective steps Houstonians can take to start cleaning up their
In addition to trashing the planet, the meat and dairy
industries cause untold amounts of animal suffering. Chickens, fish, cows, and
pigs feel pain and fear, just as the animals we share our homes with do, yet
they are abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs or cats were the victims.
Chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while still conscious, piglets have
their tails and testicles cut off without being given any painkillers, and fish
are left to suffocate on the decks of fishing boats or are cut open while still
Getting PETA's awareness-raising ad placed on Houston's
trash trucks is a win-win situation for the city, the planet, and animals. If
you are agreeable to it, I'd like to set up a phone meeting with you and other
decision makers in Houston who can make this happen. Thank you for your
Sincerely,Tracy ReimanExecutive Vice President
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