Bikini-Clad ‘Lettuce Ladies’ Give St. Patrick’s Day Parade a ‘Go Green’ Twist

Vegan Meals Help All People, Irish or Not, Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Scranton, Pa. – Paradegoers will get an eyeful at Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday as a throng of PETA’s “Lettuce Ladies”—dressed only in flirty lettuce-leaf bikinis—join the parade on a float of their own, with an “eat green” message. The Lettuce Ladies will be calling on spectators to kiss meat goodbye and waving banners reading, “Meat’s a Load of Blarney.”

Where:           315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton

When:            Saturday, March 14, 12 noon

“On a day when we celebrate all things green, let your taste buds in on the act by deciding to choose delicious, environmentally friendly vegan foods,” says PETA Senior Director of Communications Colleen O’Brien. “For animals, the environment, and human health, PETA is calling on everyone to go green with vegan party foods.”

According to the United Nations, raising animals for food is “a top contributor to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” In its report, the U.N. found that the meat industry causes local and global environmental problems even beyond climate change. PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” has called for the meat industry to be a main focus in every discussion of land degradation, air pollution, water shortages and pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

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