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PETA Turns up Pressure on Celebrities who Eat Animal Products

Saturday, November 01, 2008 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: PETA, health news, Natural News


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(NaturalNews) Seeking to employ against meat some of the tactics have been so successful against fur, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has started focusing criticism on prominent celebrity meat eaters.

PETA and other animal rights groups have successfully galvanized public opposition against celebrities who wear fur, helping to turn the practice into an ethical and fashion taboo. Now the largest animal rights organization in the world has turned its attention to celebrities who endorse the consumption of animal products.

Most recently, PETA began circulating a doctored photo of singer Jessica Simpson wearing a T-shirt reading "Only Stupid Girls Eat Meat," along with a list of "five reasons only stupid girls eat meat."

The condemnation came in response to a T-shirt that Simpson had actually worn, reading "Real Girls Eat Meat." The shirt was believed to be an insult targeted at vegetarian Carrie Underwood, an ex-girlfriend of Simpson's current boyfriend, Tony Romo.

"Jessica Simpson might have a right to wear what she wants," said PETA spokesperson Alistair Currie, "but she doesn't have a right to eat what she wants. Eating meat is about suffering and death. Some people feel like they are standing up against a tide of political correctness when they make a statement like this; what she is really doing is standing up for the status quo."

PETA also singled out British actor Jonathan Rhys Myers in May, after he said that he had eaten dog meat on a visit to China.

The animal rights group opposes meat eating for the suffering it causes to animals; for its resource intensiveness, which contributes to global hunger; for its negative effects on human health; and for the environmental destruction caused by animal agriculture.

A January 2007 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization concluded that animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, representing more than the 13.5 percent produced by all forms of transportation combined.

Sources for this story include: www.independent.co.uk.

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