PETA Tells Tillerson That Changing Kim Jong-un’s Diet Could End Missile Program

PETA Launches New Capital Banner Proclaiming, 'Don't Go Ballistic: Go Vegan'

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Washington – PETA sent a letter this morning thanking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for calling on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs—which could, as PETA notes, not only wipe out the world’s human population in a nuclear war but also decimate all animal species.

To support Tillerson’s efforts, PETA has created a cheeky new banner to place outside its 16th Street office in Washington, featuring an image of the North Korean dictator and proclaiming, “Don’t Go Ballistic: Go Vegan, and Make Love, Not War.”

“War causes all species to suffer, and an all-out nuclear conflict could mean the untold suffering and death of all living beings on the planet,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated that it’s easier to work for peaceful solutions when nonviolence is part of your everyday life, whether you’re a world leader or an average citizen.”

Eating vegan meals has been shown to help curb aggression: At Alabama’s highest-security prison, officials found that serving inmates meat-free meals as part of a violence-reduction program resulted in a significant decrease in behavioral problems.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part that “animals are not ours to eat”—points out that consuming meat, eggs, and milk automatically supports some of the worst violence on Earth: Piglets’ tails and testicles are cut off without painkillers, chickens’ and turkeys’ throats are slit while they’re still conscious, and cows are repeatedly impregnated and separated from their babies so that they’ll continue to produce milk for human consumption.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind