Snopes Asks, ‘Is PETA Releasing Lone Star Ticks Into the Northeastern United States to Create Meat Allergies?’

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Happy (belated) April Fool’s Day! In 2013, we publicized a “plan” to release meat allergy–inducing Lone Star ticks in parks in the Northeastern United States. According to scientists, the bite of the Lone Star tick causes people to develop an allergy to meat. In good-natured April Fool’s fun, we publicized a make-believe plan to increase the Lone Star tick population in an effort to cause more folks to ditch meat. On Tuesday, Snopes—a “definitive fact-checking and Internet reference source”—fact-checked the years-old claim.

In not-so-surprising news, Snopes determined that the claim is false, recognizing the plan as fictitious. According to the fact-checking site, the post is still as viral as ever. Even though the plan was clearly tongue-in-cheek—we even mentioned offering the bugs by mail for anyone itching to go vegetarian—some folks are apparently still ticked off.

Although our April Fool’s joke was just that—a joke—preventing animal suffering and encouraging folks to go vegan are no laughing matters. Eating meat and other animal-derived foods hurts animals, human health, and the environment.

Going vegan is the single best way to make each day a lot less scary for the tens of millions of animals abused and killed every day in the meat industry.

Ditching meat also reduces a person’s chances of suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and strokes.

As if minimizing animal suffering and improving your health weren’t reason enough to make the switch, going vegan can also help protect the environment. Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water. You can even fight climate change by going vegan!

So while PETA may not be releasing Lone Star ticks across the U.S., we’re certainly happy to kick back and let them continue to do their beautiful thing. In the meantime, order yourself a free vegan starter kit and discover just how easy it is to make the switch to compassionate eating—no ticks required.

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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