After Redskins Enjoy Meaty $22,000 Dinner, PETA Asks Them to Pay It Forward

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

When the Washington Redskins’ rookies had to treat the veteran players to dinner, the old guard didn’t take it easy on them: They racked up a $22,000 tab.

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So PETA is requesting that the veterans pay it forward by hosting a dinner for victims of domestic violence. We’ve even volunteered to provide “Pretty Pilgrim” servers and inflatable Turkey mascots and help them fix up a tasty protein-rich meal of stuffed Tofurky, redskin potatoes, and all the fixin’s. Professional athletes are in a unique position to model support for people in need, our environment, and animals. We hope they’ll do exactly that.

The Redskins will be receiving this letter from PETA:


Dear Messrs. Williams and Goldson,

I’m writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands in the D.C. metro area, where we’re based, to offer a suggestion that we hope you’ll like. Your rookie players footed the bill for a lavish dinner for your veteran players that featured steak sashimi and lobster, so we’d love it if the veteran players would pay it forward by hosting a delicious vegan Thanksgiving meal for victims of domestic violence. We’d be happy to provide some pretty “Pilgrim” waitresses and lawn ornaments and help make arrangements for a delicious meal of Tofurky roast, vegetables, and—to honor your team’s successes—redskin potatoes!

This protein-packed dinner would have all the nutrients that active football players and anyone else need, and unlike chicken and steak fillets, it would be kind to animals, everyone’s arteries, and even the Earth. By some estimates, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all of the world’s transportation systems combined. Vegan foods are also kind to animals, who suffer greatly on factory farms in cages so small that they can’t even turn around and in dust-filled sheds mired in their own filth. And it will really stick it to the Cowboys if you choose to sub soy for beef.

We can all pay it forward: rookies to veteran players and national teams to animals, the environment, and women and children in need. Please let us know how we can help you arrange this meal, and thank you for your consideration.

Very truly yours,

Ryan Huling
Director of International Youth Outreach


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