WASHINGTON -- Today, PETA sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden urging him to stop feeding returning U.S. troops fat- and cholesterol-laden hot dogs and to give them lean, nutritious veggie dogs or other vegan food instead. PETA's letter follows Biden's surprise appearance on the September 8 episode of The Colbert Report, during which host Stephen Colbert treated the military audience to beer and Biden appeared with a hot
dog tray and joked that one of the vice president's duties was "giving hot dogs to returning warriors." In the letter, PETA points out that more than one in four Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are too fat for military service and that research shows that vegans are far less likely to suffer from obesity as well as leading killer diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
"You can't expect the troops to be lean, mean fighting machines if you're stuffing them with fattening, artery-clogging meat, eggs, and dairy products every day," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "These men and women have seen enough violence, so the nicest thing that the vice president can do is to spare animals from the violence of factory farming and turn our servicemen and servicewomen on to the lifesaving benefits of delicious vegan food."
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PETA's letter to Vice President Joe Biden follows.
September 13, 2010
The Vice President
Dear Mr. Vice President,
Many members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an animal protection group with more than 2 million members and supporters, caught you moonlighting as a hot dog delivery man on The Colbert Report. While we enjoyed the show, we have one suggestion: The next time you decide to honor our men and women in uniform, please give them veggie dogs or other nutritious, cholesterol-free vegan foods and leave fatty, artery-clogging meat off the menu. After everything that they've done for us, the last thing our soldiers need is a hearty helping of heart disease.
As you know, every year, more and more Army recruits are deemed too fat to fight. According to a Scripps News report, approximately 27 percent of people between the ages of 17 and 24 are too fat for military service. We could go a long way toward ending the obesity epidemic and reducing the health problems that arise from it by ditching cholesterol-laden meat and dairy products. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less likely to suffer from obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
To help our future servicemen and servicewomen get leaner and healthier, PETA's "Lettuce Ladies" have handed out free vegan recipes and tips on making the transition to a vegan diet to people across America and recently visited a recruiting station in Trenton. These models of the vegan diet are living proof that leaving meat and dairy products off your plate takes inches off your waist (see the attached image of the Lettuce Ladies giving a vegetarian/vegan starter kit to a veteran). Our Lettuce Ladies would be happy to serve our military personnel delicious veggie dogs at any of your upcoming events.
We hope you will also set a good example for our military personnel by not eating hot dogs or other animal-derived products.
Thank you for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk