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Group Urges Gov. Daniels to Place Ad on Statehouse Steps Featuring Bikinied Beauty and Urging Hoosiers to Lighten Up by Going Vegan
For Immediate Release:August 27, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Anyone
familiar with politics knows that "trimming the fat" usually implies
budget cuts. PETA, though, means it literally. The group has sent a
letter to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels urging him to put up a pro-vegan ad
on the front steps of the Statehouse that features one of PETA's sexy
"Lettuce Ladies" and reads, "Step Up o Good Health. Go
Vegan." PETA's point? That the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
just added Indiana to a list of 11 other states with an obesity rate of 30
percent or higher and that going vegan is the best way to lose unwanted
pounds and keep them off.
show that vegans are generally fitter, trimmer, and healthier than meat-eaters
are. Also, going vegan is the best way that anyone can help stop animal
"PETA's ad would help keep Indiana residents lighter
and healthier," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "And
residents who heed the lifesaving message of PETA's lovely Lettuce Lady could
also lighten their consciences by helping to keep animals from the clutches of
the cruel meat, dairy, and egg industries."
information, please visit PETA.org.
letter to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels follows.
August 27, 2012
The Honorable Mitch DanielsGovernor
Dear Governor Daniels,
I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million
members and supporters, including thousands across Indiana, to suggest a proven
weight-loss and health-improvement strategy that would help remove Indiana from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of most obese states. We
have designed an eye-catching stairway ad that features one of our sexy
"Lettuce Ladies" and reads, "Step Up to Good Health. Go
Vegan" and we hope you will help us place it on the front steps of the
Overwhelming evidence shows that vegans are far less likely
than meat-eaters to be overweight (on average, they weigh 18 percent less) and
are far more likely to be in better overall health. According to the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, heart
disease, diabetes, and cancer than people who eat meat. Healthy vegan foods
provide all the nutrients that we need without all the saturated animal fat and
cholesterol found in meat and dairy products. In addition to becoming
healthier, every Indiana resident who goes vegan will save more than 100
animals a year from the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries, in which
chickens and turkeys have their throats slit while they're still conscious,
piglets are castrated without painkillers, and fish are suffocated, cut open,
or skinned alive.
We'd be happy to send our lovely Lettuce Ladies to
Indianapolis to unveil the ad and cater a delicious, healthy vegan lunch of
Boca Chik'n patties (made of healthy plant protein and spices but with half the
fat and none of the cholesterol in regular chicken) and Gardenburger BBQ Veggie
Riblets for all Statehouse employees. We'd also provide all the fixin's, such
as baked beans, corn on the cob, and fresh fruit salad as well as vegetarian/vegan
starter kits full of tips and recipes to help every employee make the
transition to vegan eating. Please contact me to discuss this exciting
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. NewkirkPresident
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