For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2017
At PETA, we combat hate speech like this with pleas for compassion for each other—regardless of race, gender, religion, species, or any other prejudice—and for putting aside hateful words and mean-spiritedness. We live by the principle of nonviolence, and since our inception, we have opposed all discrimination—but sadly, some of those who appeal for understanding are not always understanding themselves. Many of us feel relatively powerless in the face of violence, and choosing vegan meals is one way that each of us can make the world a kinder and more peaceful place. The “Peace in Our Lunchtime” billboards will go up in cities across the country, starting with Detroit because of its struggle to end violence, something everyone can do at breakfast. Instead of slamming those who work for nonviolence in their own way and hurling an accusation of racism at them—without even knowing what race they are—wouldn’t it be much better to embrace them as fellow activists?