Heads Up! Commanders Fans to Catch Vegan Messaging Blitz

For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2022

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

North Englewood, Md. – As the Washington Commanders kick off the season, PETA has plastered bus shelters near FedExField with can’t-miss messages encouraging fans to “take command” of their lives by going vegan—a move that saves nearly 200 animals a year per person and can help everyone avoid the health penalties of eating meat, including heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity, and various forms of cancer.

“The animals who become burgers, bacon, and Buffalo wings are smart, sensitive individuals who want to live as much as we do,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, a vegan for almost 50 years. “PETA’s appeal reminds football players and fans that everyone wins when we choose vegan meals, which are good for animals, our arteries, and the planet.”

In addition to sparing animals a terrifying death, each person who goes vegan shrinks their carbon footprint and their risk of developing America’s top (appropriately named) “killer diseases,” like cancer and heart disease. Meat and milk contain no fiber whatsoever and are packed with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol, while eggs are cholesterol bombs.

Chickens killed for their flesh are crammed by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. Pigs’ tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—all without any painkillers. At slaughterhouses, workers shoot cows in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, cut their throats, and skin them.

The messages can be found at bus shelters on Sheriff Road at its intersection with Village Green Drive and on Brightseat Road at its intersections with Evarts Street and Harry S Truman Drive.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind