Giant ‘Celery’ to Stalk ‘Bike to Work Day’ With Free Vegan Jerky for Cyclists

PETA's Giant 'Vegetables' Will Give Riders a Healthy, Eco-Friendly Energy Boost

For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2015

Sophia Chaarchuk 202-483-7382

Washington – On Friday, participants of “Bike to Work” Day will receive a cheerful greeting and a free snack of vegan jerky, courtesy of PETA’s costumed “carrot” and “celery,” who will hold signs proclaiming, “Shift Into a Healthy Gear: Go Vegan!”

Where:           Eastern Market Metro Park (at the intersection of Eighth Street S.E. and Pennsylvania Avenue S.E.), Washington

When:             Friday, May 15, 7 a.m.

Where:           Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (where Kenyon Street N.W. and Park Road N.W. meet 14th Street N.W.), Washington

When:             Friday, May 15, 4 p.m.

“We hope PETA’s free vegan jerky will remind cyclists that the easiest and tastiest way to ‘go green’ is to go vegan,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “Whether you’re looking to get fit or lower your carbon footprint, vegan meals can help get you into gear.”

The consumption of meat and other animal-derived products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. The meat industry is also responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals and, according to Worldwatch Institute, a staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—encourages people who are concerned about their health, the environment, or animals to go vegan.

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