PETA Stages Protest Downtown by Dressing Model in Collard Greens

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Photos by Kaitlin Steinberg
A volunteer model is covered in collard greens as part of a PETA demonstration.
Today at noon, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took their message in support of a vegan diet to the streets of downtown Houston.

Two PETA members planted themselves (pun intended) at the corner of Milam and Congress and proceeded to dress a volunteer model in a floor-length gown made entirely of collard greens. The volunteer held signage and pamphlets in support of PETA, while the other two people used spray adhesive to stick large leaves to her body suit and stockings.

"We really just want to get out the message that there are alternatives to eating meat," one of the PETA members said.

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The collard green gown will eventually be floor-length.
The display is part of an Earth Day campaign based on the slogan "Meat's Not Green," aimed to let consumers know that "the best thing that they can do for animals, the environment, and their own body is to go vegan."

"PETA's message for Earth Day and year-round is that it's impossible to 'go green' without going vegan," PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt said in a press release about the event. "Between polluting the soil, water, and air and gobbling up our natural resources, the meat industry is as toxic to the Earth as it is to human health."

She points to studies from the United Nations that list raising animals for food as a major contributor to environmental issues, due to the amount of water needed to sustain such operations, as well as the amount of greenhouse gas factory farms release into the atmosphere.

"And of course," the press release concludes, "the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals every year."

What I want to know is what about all those terrified collard greens getting glued to a human. That is so not what they signed up for.

For more information about PETA's initiatives, visit peta.org.

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Daniel McCrary
Daniel McCrary

Nope. These people are nuts. They are ignorant. They are stupid. In fact, I'm thinking about booking a vacation to Alaska to help the natives up there club seals as a result.

HeightsDR
HeightsDR

I saw her getting dressed, as it were, yesterday on the sidewalk. One assumes they were using eco-friendly, organic, non-toxic adhesive spray and then cooked and ate the greens after, otherwise those collards reek of hypocrisy among other things.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

PETA- People Eating Tasty Animals......

Mindi Brown
Mindi Brown

I bet the homeless people in downtown watching would have loved to eat those greens instead of PETA wasting the good food. Just saying.

TimP
TimP

Without speaking to their larger objectives, I would think they might have wanted to come last month (maybe they did?) for that whole rodeo thing....

tdorsey1
tdorsey1

I am told that PETA also opposes fishing and the circus.  Without barbecue, fishing, and the circus, can life have any meaning at all?  Especially if one has to eat collard greens.

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

We're supposed to eat meat. Lions don't feel bad about eating zebras. Be vegetarian if you want, but stop attempting to convert others. No one likes evangelists knocking on their door, and this is no different.

laruku2099
laruku2099

Nothing can replaced pork belly, period.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I like how in the first pic the photographer is zooming in on her arse.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@tdorsey1  

I'm with PETA on the circus thing. And to be clear, I suspect they're not opposed to the circus but rather the animals employed by the circus.  I had the misfortune of going to the circus at Reliant and was shocked how pathetic and tired those poor animals looked.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Bruce_Are  That man is not affiliated with the Houston Press. Unfortunately.

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