City’s New Pay-Per-Puke Law Inspires Group to Help Revelers Stop Making Their Stomachs the Final Resting Place of Dead Animals
For Immediate Release:
September 9, 2013
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Key West, Fla. — Fed up with passengers heaving their latest repas all over the backseats of their cabs, taxi companies have succeeded in lobbying the city to allow them to charge a $50 fee to offending fares. Not one to pass up the opportunity to disgorge a bit of wisdom on the subject, PETA has made an offer to taxicab companies that would keep their cabs’ backseats clean, spare overserved passengers the $50 vomit fee, and save animals’ lives: PETA will send a supply of barf bags emblazoned with the message “If You Knew How Meat Was Made, You’d Lose Your Lunch!” to any Key West cabbie or cab company that requests them.
“Overindulging in alcohol can make you lose your lunch, but an inside look at today’s meat industry is enough to make anyone sick,” says PETA Special Projects Manager Alicia Woempner. “The most important lesson that can come out of PETA’s barf-bag offer is that the animals many of us call ‘food’ want to live free of pain and suffering—and avoid a terrifying death—just as we humans do.”
Every year, billions of animals have their bodies chopped up, labeled as this or that cut, and wrapped in cellophane for the supermarket meat case. Factory farms deny animals everything that is natural and important to them, confining them to filthy, cramped cages, stalls, and sheds. Chickens, pigs, sheep, and cows routinely undergo debeaking, tail-docking, or castration—mostly without any pain relief. Fish—intelligent and sensitive animals who feel pain just as all other animals do—are dragged up from the depths and often cut open alive on the decks of fishing vessels.
If you think vomiting is stomach-turning, consider this: The consumption of meat and other animal products has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
Those interested in requesting a free supply of specially printed motion sickness bags can call 757-622-PETA or visit PETA.org to send an e-mail.