Vermillion, S.D. — PETA is currently negotiating with Vermillion-area outdoor advertisers to run a billboard that shows a photo of a cow next to the words “Say ‘No!’ to Pot (Roast). Don’t Be a Meathead. Kick the Habit! Go Vegan!” The billboard comes in the wake of Vermillion mayoral candidate Nick Severson’s arrest on charges of marijuana possession and ingestion and as South Dakota residents prepare to vote on a ballot item this fall to legalize medicinal marijuana.
In South Dakota, a pee test with marijuana metabolites is enough to consider you guilty of possession, with punishment ranging as bad as a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. So remember Dakotans, that pre-employment drug screen may not just lose you a chance at a job, it theoretically could land you behind bars.
PETA’s point? That while the jury may still be out on the potential harmful effects of marijuana, meat and dairy products are known to be bad for human health.
Actually, the jury has fairly well decided the case: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically-active substances known to man.”
“Meat-eaters are doing a lot more harm to their health than someone who smokes the occasional joint,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Chickens, fish, pigs, and cows who are raised on today’s factory farms are fed growth-promoting drugs by the bucketful, and those drugs–along with artery-clogging fats and cholesterol–are passed along to consumers who eat meat and dairy products.”
Meat and dairy products are often loaded with drugs and chemicals, including pesticide residues, hormones, and antibiotics. The consumption of meat and other animal-derived products has been linked to heart disease, strokes, obesity, diabetes, and cancer–not to mention other hazards, such as E. coli, salmonella, and listeria infection.
In today’s industrialized meat and dairy industries, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without being given any painkillers, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats, and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth.
Dear Ms. Anderson: I KNOW you have to have smoked a joint or two... would you please focus some attention on these cop canicides?
In today’s privatized drug war industries, dogs are shot in the back and shot behind closed gates and shot after running and cowering for cover and shot while trying to run away and shot for investigating strangers in the driveway by police searching for that “occasional joint,” Ms. Newkirk. Ah, but this animal rights cause doesn’t have any naked lettuce-wearing sex symbols behind it, just a bunch of “druggies”, so I suppose it’s just not that compelling to PETA.
(And just for the record, half of Newkirk’s complaint is an indictment of the methods we use to get our meat and dairy, and the other half is an indictment of over-consumption of meat and dairy. My canine teeth and instinct tell me meat is food and I will gladly enjoy the bacon from one of Missippi Hippy’s home farm-raised piggies any day.)