Lent Observers: ‘I’m ME, Not MEAT,’ Proclaims Fish in New PETA Ads

Bus-Shelter Ads in Top Catholic City Urge People to Show Compassion for All God's Creatures by Going Vegan for Lent

For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Miami – Just in time for Lent—and because Miami is tied with Los Angeles for having the third-highest Catholic population in the country—PETA is placing ads on bus shelters around the city encouraging Catholics and all others to keep animals, including fish, off their plates, both during and after the 40-day period of Lent. The ads, available here and here, show a fish swimming underwater next to the words “I’m ME, Not MEAT. Go Vegan for Lent.”

The ads will be located on bus shelters near 7889 Florida A1A (facing south), 1024 Florida 934 (facing east), 1125 Washington Ave. (facing south), 30 Venetian Way (facing east), and at the intersection of Washington Avenue and 17th Street, across from the New World Center.

“Just as humans do, fish feel pain and fear, have unique personalities, value their own lives, and deserve our compassion,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s ads urge everyone to protect animals from hell on Earth and choose merciful vegan meals during Lent and beyond.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that more fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined, yet they have no legal protection from abuse. Fish slowly suffocate or are crushed to death when they’re dragged from the oceans in huge nets, and the throats and stomachs of those who survive are cut open on the decks of fishing boats.

Vegan meals spare other animals suffering, too: In today’s meat and dairy industries, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated without painkillers, and mother cows are separated from their beloved babies shortly after birth. Vegans are also less prone to suffering from heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes than meat-eaters are.

PETA offers easy vegan meal plans (available here and here) for people who pledge to go vegan for Lent, as well as a free vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips, and more.

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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