PETA’s Vegan Giveaway Will Sock It to Gov. Ricketts

For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Omaha. Neb. – Because Gov. Pete Ricketts declared tomorrow Meat on the Menu Day—a jab at Colorado’s laudable animal- and eco-friendly MeatOut Day—PETA supporters will soon be in downtown Omaha, distributing free vegan burgers and encouraging passersby to cock a snoot at their meathead governor, do their arteries a favor, be kind to animals and the Earth, and try vegan vittles.

When:    Saturday, March 20, 3–5 p.m.

Where:    At the intersection of S. 12th and Howard streets, Omaha

“The governor may wish to flatter the meat industry, but what it sells is unhealthy, inhumane, and an environmental nightmare,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s delicious plant-based burgers will give Nebraskans a taste of the vegan revolution.”

PETA has also announced plans to erect a giant billboard on the Colorado side of the border with Nebraska calling out Ricketts for celebrating an industry that kills animals, operates filthy slaughterhouses in which workers have been exposed to COVID-19, pollutes waterways with factory-farm effluent, and poses a risk for future pandemics. SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The group offers free vegan starter kits, available here, full of recipes, tips, and more. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and informs the public about those issues. PETA does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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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