PETA Sends Vegan Care Package to Rep. John Moore After Heart Surgery

Group Encourages Politician to Bypass Unhealthy and Cruel Meat and Dairy Foods

For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2017

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Following his heart bypass surgery, Rep. John Moore is getting a special delivery, courtesy of PETA: a care package that includes a vegan starter kit, a selection of tasty vegan goodies, and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.’s book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, which advocates healthy, plant-based eating. Along with these get-well gifts, the group—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—will enclose a letter encouraging him to eat his way to better health by bypassing the meat, dairy, and egg aisles.

“We wish Rep. Moore a speedy recovery and hope that he—and everyone else—will prevent serious health threats by leaving meat, eggs, and dairy foods off the menu,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “There’s no better way to protect our health, as well as the Earth and animals, than by choosing tasty vegan foods at every meal.”

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PETA’s letter to Rep. Moore follows.

March 27, 2017

The Honorable John L. Moore

Mississippi House of Representatives

101 Shiloh Rd.

Brandon, MS 39043

Dear Mr. Moore,

I’m writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 5 million members and supporters worldwide to wish you a speedy recovery from heart bypass surgery and encourage you to bypass the meat, dairy, and egg aisles on your way to better health with the enclosed vegan starter kit; a copy of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.; and a basket of tasty, healthy vegan foods.

Dr. Esselstyn and many other highly respected doctors, including Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. John A. McDougall, say that the best way to reduce your cholesterol enough to be “heart-attack proof” is to eat an exclusively plant-based diet. Vegan foods have no cholesterol and lots of fiber, while meat, eggs, and dairy foods contain a lot of cholesterol and have no fiber. The Academy of Nutrition and ietetics—the nation’s largest group of nutrition professionals— concluded that vegans have lower rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer than meat-eaters do.

In addition to harming Americans’ health, the meat industry causes enormous animal suffering. The throats of chickens and turkeys are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets aren’t given painkillers before their tails and testicles are cut off, fish are suffocated or 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.

I sincerely hope this care package finds you well and helps you move toward a heart-healthy, animal-friendly lifestyle.

Very truly yours,

Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President

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