For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2017
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
As the lone star tick’s range is steadily expanding across the country—taking over meat-eaters’ bodies, since just one tick bite can cause them to develop an allergy to a carbohydrate found in pork and red meat—PETA is honoring the voracious pro-vegetarian “sheriff” with a new Halloween costume, available here. The all-brown getup, which is available in adult and kids’ sizes, features four additional legs and the tick’s telltale white star on the back, and it comes with bug-eye goggles and a sheriff’s hat and badge—the perfect way to warn those afraid of the effects of these tick bites that the easiest way to stay safe is to keep meat off their plates in the first place.
“PETA’s tongue-in-cheek Halloween costume will tick off meat-eaters and cheer on a special insect sheriff who is laying down the flesh-free law,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “One bite by the lone star tick gets people to bail on pork and beef and bite into delicious veggies instead.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that going vegan is the single best way to make Halloween (and every other day!) a lot less scary for the tens of millions of animals killed every day in the meat industry. For pork chops, piglets are castrated and their tails are cut off without the use of any painkillers, and for burgers, cows are hung upside down, shot with a captive-bolt gun, and bled to death—often while they’re still conscious.
Going vegan also reduces a person’s chances of suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and strokes—and it’s the best defense against the effects of lone star tick bites. To make the transition as easy as possible, PETA offers a free vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips, and more.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.