Ladies in Lettuce-Leaf Bikinis to Help Residents Grill the Vegan Way This Memorial Day

PETA's 'Lettuce Ladies' Will Ask Passersby to Consider Grilling Without Killing This Holiday Weekend

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Washington – This Thursday, Washington, D.C., residents and visitors are in for an early Memorial Day treat, courtesy of PETA’s scantily clad “Lettuce Ladies,” who will wear only strategically placed lettuce leaves as they pass out free boxes of tasty vegan burgers and hot dogs to help passersby get ready to grill with delicious meat-free food.

Where:           The intersection of 14th Street N.W. and Park Road N.W., Washington

When:             Thursday, May 21, 12 p.m.

“With so many mouthwatering animal-friendly veggie burgers and dogs available, it’s easier than ever to kick off the summer season with cruelty-free fare,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on caring people everywhere to spare animals suffering and protect their own health by reaching for delicious vegan treats over the holiday weekend.”

As documented by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—chickens and turkeys in the industrialized meat industry have their throats cut while they’re still conscious. Piglets are castrated and have their tails cut off without any painkillers, and cows are hung upside down and often skinned while they’re still able to feel pain. Avoiding animal products also reduces a person’s chances of suffering from heart disease, obesity, diabetes, strokes, and cancer.

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