You may have heard about the possible new “gay friendly” high school in Chicago. Harassment and violence are causing gay students to drop out at alarming rates—and the School for Social Justice Pride Campus would be a place for all students to be able to complete their education in a protected and welcoming environment.
I think this is wonderful news—but hey, we at PETA have always been against all forms of oppression. That’s why our director of media relations, Michael McGraw, is writing Chad Weiden, the assistant principal of Social Justice High School (and likely principal of the new Pride Campus), with an important suggestion: Pride Campus should have an all-vegetarian cafeteria.
“It is only because of prejudice that animals killed for food on today’s factory farms suffer miserable lives and nightmarish deaths,” Michael writes—and it’s true! Even though animals love, fear, mourn, and rejoice just like we do, their feelings are completely discounted. They are kept in cramped, filthy warehouses where they are beaten and abused, and at slaughter, their throats are cut or they are boiled alive—just because they don’t happen to be exactly like us.
Michael’s letter quotes Steven Simmons, a PETA staffer and gay rights activist who died of AIDS in the early ’90s, who wrote, “It’s time for us to end this hierarchy of who has the right to live, who deserves not to suffer, who should be respected, [the idea] that there’s a limit to the amount of compassion that we can have for our fellow creatures.” We’re hoping that Assistant Principal Weiden will encourage his students to have compassion for today’s most vulnerable population—the animals—by keeping Pride Campus meat-free.
You can read Michael’s letter to Mr. Weiden here.
Written by Amanda Schinke