PETA & its tactics I
Regarding Nafari Vanaski's column “Vanaski: PETA's lettuce offered to aid city” : I'm one of many PETA supporters who chooses to wear a lettuce-leaf bikini in order to show people that they can get lean and healthy — not to mention help animals and the environment — by enjoying tasty vegan foods. Like Lady Godiva, who rode naked on a horse to protest taxes on the poor, I know that eye-catching ads and actions make people sit up and take notice. When the media report on PETA's activities, people visit PETA.org for free vegan recipes and other information.
I'm as comfortable wearing a bikini at a PETA event as I am at the beach. I only feel objectified when people imply that I should cover up, as if I'm not capable of making my own decisions.
PETA's ad, which says “Step Up to Good Health. Go Vegan!” and shows a woman in a lettuce bikini, promotes healthy eating. It can provoke discussion in a day and age when many are bored by facts and figures alone, and prompt people to try vegan foods so they can reap the health benefits of vegan eating.
The writer is associate director of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org).
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