Pat Martin’s Cheekiness Nets Him Roomy PETA Boxer Shorts

'I Am Not a Nugget' Underpants on Their Way to MP After 'Tight Underwear' Excuses Absence During Vote

For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Winnipeg – An unusual package is on its way from PETA to Winnipeg Centre MP Pat Martin: a pair of bright yellow “I Am Not a Nugget” boxer shorts that not only will be a conversation starter in his own house but also mean that he’ll have to devise a different reason to be absent from votes in the House of Commons. The gift, which also includes a vegan starter kit, comes after Martin won applause from his colleagues for blaming his departure from the House on cheap, uncomfortably tight underwear. Not only are the PETA boxers even cheaper (well, they’re free), in a message accompanying the gift, PETA also playfully notes that vegan meals are a great way to stay slender and comfortable in slim-fitting clothing.

“PETA, which is pretty cheeky itself, is rewarding Martin’s cheekiness with some comfy ‘I Am Not a Nugget’ boxer shorts,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Anyone who is plagued by too-tight clothing can do their derrières and chickens a favour by choosing healthy, humane vegan meals.”

According to the Dieticians of Canada, vegans are less prone to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are. They also spare animals a lifetime of immense suffering: As documented by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—chickens raised for food have their sensitive beaks cut off with hot blades when they’re only days old, and they and other animals spend their lives on filthy farms before being sent wide-eyed to the slaughterhouse, where their throats are slit.

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