Put Down the Burgerizza—Nurse’s Orders

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Turner Field’s newest heart-stopping food offerings—including the “Burgerizza” (a burger between two pizzas) and the “Punisher” (a BBQ rib sandwich topped with bacon)—have prompted PETA to respond with this new billboard:

Atlanta Braves billboardPhoto © iStock.com/sazonov

PETA is negotiating with outdoor advertisers in Atlanta to run the billboard as close as possible to the ballpark and encouraging Braves fans to do their arteries a favor and skip the new meaty fare in favor of Turner Field’s many, yummy vegan concession items.

“With hearty meat-free options like veggie dogs and veggie burgers available at Turner Field’s concession stands, it’s preposterous for Braves fans to clog up their arteries with these cholesterol-laden stunt sandwiches,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s billboard is a fun reminder that protecting your health is as easy as choosing a vegan meal, whether you’re cheering on the Braves at home or from the stands.”

In addition to saving 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries, going vegan reduces diners’ chances of developing heart disease by a whopping 32 percent, according to one of many large-scale studies at Oxford University. Leading medical experts have determined that healthy vegan meals can even reverse heart disease in people who already have clogged arteries.

PETA has ranked Turner Field among the Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks seven times in the last 10 years, most recently granting it the number 10 spot on the list in 2014.

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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