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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

News Tip

Posted by on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

On my voice mail just now: "Hi, Dominic, my name is Adam Miller, I am with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Tomorrow in Seattle, two PETA activists wearing lettuce bikinis are going to be handing out free soy jerky at the 3rd Avenue electric vehicle charging station. The demonstration is in order to remind people that the best way to help the environment is to go vegan.... I just wanted to find out if this is something you'd like to cover in The Stranger."


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Hernandez 1
Cover it in pictures. Review the quality of the soy jerky.
Posted by Hernandez on November 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM · Report this
@1 Got it in one.
Posted by Ruke on November 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM · Report this
starsandgarters 3
Putting women in organic bikinis that could tear apart at any second on 3rd Avenue? I hope the cops are on standby for all the assault calls that are going to come in from that block.
Posted by starsandgarters on November 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 4
The best way to help the environment is not "going vegan." More BS. The best way is to stop driving cars all the time and stop buying electronic gadgets that make life "easier". Those gadgets are made in countries that are destroying their environment to supply the west with the latest i-gadget. The cars we all know about. Eating veggies that have to be trucked in from 1500 miles away is hardly "eco friendly". Eating lamb or chicken or beef grown 50 miles away is eco friendly.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
Is it ethical to raise chickens in your backyard on table scraps, organic feed, plus whatever they eat off the ground, and then eat the eggs?

If so, why does one need to be a vegan? If not, how is it unethical?
Posted by Max Solomon on November 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM · Report this
People should donate to PETA if they want their money to go towards funding lettuce bikinis and press agents. People who actually care about animals might choose to spend their dollars elsewhere.
Posted by Proteus on November 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
Assign Charles to it.

He can tell us the political and ethnographic significance of soy jerky and how lettuce is exploited by the prudish attitudes of born-again vegans.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM · Report this
Kinison 8
Were going to need a bigger goat (to eat the lettuce bikinis).
Posted by Kinison on November 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 9
PETA: doing its part every day to make a mockery of progressives everywhere. Thanks, PETA!
Posted by Reverse Polarity on November 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM · Report this
#4 If you're an American, the best thing you can do for the environment is not have a child.…
Posted by avocado on November 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 12
This poll is meaningless without pictures.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on November 30, 2011 at 3:29 PM · Report this
merry 13
5 & 6 for the Co-Win!!

Srsly, when did frat boys take over PETA? Eons ago, they actually WERE concerned about the ethical treatment of animals... Now it's just one stupid stunt after another (remember the "Sea Kittens"?) and their so-called 'cause' is definitely NOT being helped..... sheesh....

Posted by merry on November 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM · Report this
Anne18 14
Anyone else think that PETA is funded by the meat industry to make us (people who actually care about EFFECTIVE action towards the ethical treatment of animals) look like nutjobs?

Plus, someone needs to send them a copy of "The Sexual Politics of Meat" stat.
Posted by Anne18 on November 30, 2011 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Zebes 15
The soy jerky I've had has actually been pretty tasty, although actually calling it 'soy jerky' is just setting people up to dislike it.
Posted by Zebes on November 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM · Report this
alithea 16
i wrote an article about peta already! it is right here:
Posted by alithea on November 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM · Report this
soybean farming is actually very hard on the environment, exhausting the soil quickly unless you use massive amounts of petrochemical based fertilizer, pesticides and intensive planting/harvesting measures (not to mention patent seed for herbicide resistance).

If we used even a low-tech 3 crop rotation of fallow/cereal/legume, with animals being pastured on the fallow fields and slaughtered when those fields are no longer available for grazing, that would maximize production of calories relative to inputs, reduce runoff, topsoil loss, exhaustion, and produce higher quality meat. My grandparents used this method, neither of them made it past the 6th grade-but they knew enough not to screw up their land, because it was all they had.
Posted by Chris Jury on November 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 18
depends on who is wearing the bikinis.
Posted by scary tyler moore on November 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM · Report this
This just reminds me of when I had "engorgement" early in breast-feeding and was told to wear a bra of cabbage. It worked, but body-warmed cabbage does not make one come across as attractive, even to a hungry baby.
Posted by Alice Dreger on November 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Stiny 20
While I'm generally in favor of Lettuce Bikinis, I'm going to say ignore this one because it's PETA.
Posted by Stiny on November 30, 2011 at 3:54 PM · Report this
PETA's philosophy is "there's no such thing as bad publicity" and maybe that's messed up, but it's not stupid. It's why when they call Slog, Slog posts about it. And it's why you all comment when Slog posts. How many people can name even one other vegan advocacy group off the top of their heads? If PETA was as serious and somber and respectable as you all say you want them to be, you'd never have heard of them.
Posted by avocado on November 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM · Report this
balderdash 22
Fuck PETA. They spend all their time and money on wrongheaded fucking causes instead of doing good where there's actually good to be done. If they spent half as much time actually using effective tactics to fight factory farming and animal abuse as they do spewing stoned nonsense about veganism and "sea kittens" they'd be a great organization. As it is they're nuts.
Posted by balderdash on November 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM · Report this
aardvark 23
soysage is pretty good. cant make gravy from it though
Posted by aardvark on November 30, 2011 at 4:11 PM · Report this
aardvark 24
the best thing for the environment would also be to just whittle down world population to 2 billion or so.
Posted by aardvark on November 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM · Report this
If you decide to cover this, will you snark the shit out of it at least? Thanks.
Posted by barfy cute on November 30, 2011 at 4:21 PM · Report this
merry 26
Posted by merry on November 30, 2011 at 4:26 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 28
Did they say if the bikini-wearers would be male or female?
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on November 30, 2011 at 4:40 PM · Report this
Fnarf 29
Posted by Fnarf on November 30, 2011 at 4:57 PM · Report this
seandr 30
If it's sexy, cover it!

@11: Wrong, the best thing you can do for the environment is murder everyone on the planet and then kill yourself.
Posted by seandr on November 30, 2011 at 5:02 PM · Report this

Can you catch listeria through a nipple?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 32
Oh, I get it. They're handing out jerky because they're going to be getting a knee jerk reaction!


Although PETA could wear anything and hand out anything, and do anything -- or nothing -- and still get the same knee jerk reaction. It's like when Omar walked to the store and the dealers we so scared they just threw out their drugs and money on sight.

Knee jerks.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on November 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 33
@16 - I love you.

Someone wake me when PETA starts pandering to me with hot, naked men.
Posted by MacCrocodile on November 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM · Report this
TVDinner 34
Posted by TVDinner http:// on November 30, 2011 at 6:22 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 35
@16 omigod...perfect !
yeah cover it because women wearing lettuce bikinis will make men stop being carnivores....this i gotta see..
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on November 30, 2011 at 6:36 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 36
I hypothesize that women who a) would wear lettuce bikinis in public and b) are wide-eyed enough to believe in PETA are c) easy.

Does the Stranger even have anyone on staff able to test that assertion?
Posted by Free Lunch on November 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM · Report this
Yes, but soy jerky is still yuky.
Posted by cracked on November 30, 2011 at 7:32 PM · Report this
Posted by gnossos on November 30, 2011 at 7:48 PM · Report this
yelahneb 39
@36 I'll bring the bacon, you bring the tomato. LET'S DO THIS
Posted by yelahneb on November 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM · Report this
The poll is exactly wrong. It should be a choice between "Yes, soy jerky!" (because I'm sorry, that shit is delicious--no one who has eaten Pringles is allowed to mock soy jerky) and "No, ice-cold lettuce bikinis!" (because what is this, seventh grade?).
Posted by Prettybetsy on November 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM · Report this
@21 Mercy For Animals
They just got McDonald's and Target to drop an egg supplier because of an undercover video showing animal cruelty. A video that presumably didn't involve half-nude chicks. (Other than the feathered ones ba-dum-bum)
Posted by chi_type on November 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM · Report this
Sounds like this belong in a "What you're not wearing" slog post!
Posted by j2patter on December 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM · Report this
watchout5 43
This is one of those, I think his pants are on fire, kind of moments. Can't stop laughing.
Posted by watchout5 on December 1, 2011 at 1:05 AM · Report this
Charles Maguro 44
PETA actually makes me want to eat whales.
Posted by Charles Maguro on December 1, 2011 at 1:57 AM · Report this
Sea Otter 45
@11, THANK YOU for posting this article. I have been saying basically this for years (adding more consumers to the world is bad for the environment...really, how fucking difficult is that to comprehend?), and people always look at me like I have a dick growing out of my head. At least now I have an article I can point to.
Posted by Sea Otter on December 1, 2011 at 5:32 AM · Report this
willendorf 46
Ugh. I'm a vegan, believe that factory farming is horrible for the environment, and I can't stand PETA.
Posted by willendorf on December 1, 2011 at 7:25 AM · Report this
Soy jerky = imitation meat. PETA is saying here that meat is so yummy, vegans simply *have* to eat sorry imitations of it, rather than stick to tasty vegetables.

@17--thank you for pointing out the environmental issues of soy culture. Eating an honest piece of pasture-fed beef or lamb is much better for the environment, and your body, than some over-processed soy-based faux-meat crap.
Posted by fruitbat on December 1, 2011 at 7:44 AM · Report this

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