Like Elvis Said: Don’t Be Cruel

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We’ve just found out that a 155-acre estate in Horn Lake, Mississippi, that formerly belonged to Elvis Presley has been put up for sale. Since home is where the heart is, fans are eager to get their hands on Elvis’ “honeymoon ranch.” Unfortunately, buyers may be all shook up when they find out that since Elvis left the building premises, it has been turned into a cattle ranch.

I guess you could just sit right down and cry, but we have a better idea for salvaging Elvis’ former home. While the ranch is on the market, PETA would like to rent it and transform it from a heartbreak hotel for cows into a “Don’t Be Cruel” (to cows) education center for kids.

Kids deserve to know that the animals who are turned into hamburgers and blue suede shoes are living, thinking, feeling beings who deserve more from life than to end up on a dinner plate. In the U.S., more than 41 million cows are killed for the meat and dairy industries every year. You’d have to have a heart of stone to be unmoved by their suffering.

So, Mr. Cattle Rancher—I beg of you—will you take us up on our offer? It’s now or never*.

Written by Liz Graffeo

*I’ve put the titles of nine different Elvis songs in this post—how many can you identify?

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