Beef Recall Response

Published by PETA.

Many of you have asked what PETA’s response is to the recent recall of 143 million pounds of beef. Well, we’re doing a mass mailing of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit,” of course!

We’ve sent copies of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit” to school boards across the country and urged them to add more vegetarian options to school cafeteria menus. But we’re not simply saying that vegetarian options should replace the tainted beef. Oh, no. Vegetarian options should replace all beef because of beef’s dangerous levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, which can be an even bigger threat to human health than E. coli and salmonella.

Beef and other animal products have been conclusively linked to America’s top killers: heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. Meat-eaters are 10 times more likely than vegetarians to suffer from heart disease, and a low-fat vegetarian diet has been proved to reverse heart disease.

PETA’s Lindsay Rajt summed it up nicely by saying, “The diseases we may catch from downed cows are far less likely to kill us than the fat and cholesterol we get from their flesh. The best way to protect the health of the nation’s school kids is to encourage them to eat more vegetarian foods.”

For more details on the connection between your health and eating meat, please check out the health section of


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind