PETA: ‘Floridians Shouldn’t Be Potheads’

New Billboard Suggests 'No' Vote on Pot Roast for Health and Humane Reasons

For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Tallahassee, Fla. – A new billboard from PETA is sure to turn heads in Tallahassee this week. Going up just a week before Florida votes on whether to legalize medical marijuana, the billboard addresses meat addiction and features a cow beside the words “Say NO to Pot (Roast).” PETA’s message is that the health effects of the occasional joint are dwarfed by the effects that an addiction to meat has on animals, human health, and even the environment.

“It may still be legal to eat animals, but meat’s not humane—and unlike medical marijuana, it can be murder on your health,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to eat,’ is reminding motorists that wherever they stand on the issue of medical marijuana, eating animals is linked to increased risks of suffering from high cholesterol, heart attacks, cancer, and diabetes, and meat is usually loaded with dangerous bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli.”

Of course, PETA’s main mission is to point out that in today’s industrialized meat and dairy industries, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails cut off and are castrated without being given any painkillers, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats, and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth.

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