We’re used to seeing groups like the Minutemen at the U.S.-Mexico border promoting their particular point of view, but a completely different kind of organization is heading to the frontera to get its own message out. It’s animal rights group PETA, which is campaigning to show immigrants from Mexico that the diet that awaits them on American soil is hazardous to their health. Hmm…
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans today to announce an unusual marketing pitch to the U.S. government: Rent us space on the fence for billboards warning illegal border crossers there is more to fear than the Border Patrol.
The billboards [pictured], in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: “If the Border Patrol Doesn’t Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan.”
“We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables,” said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA’s vegan campaigns.
Yeah, I see what they are trying to do; advance their efforts…efforts which on some level I respect. But getting into the bed with the U.S. government? Not the best way to go about it. La Migra is skeptical:
PETA’S offer to the feds is expected to arrive in a letter to Border Patrol officials today.
But a government spokesman in Washington said the request will be rejected because it would limit visibility through the fence. And Border Patrol does not allow advertising on its property or installations, the officials added.
What do you think? Is something like this justified — just to make a point?
Via / Houston Chronicle
Image via PETA