Thursday, May 21, 2009

PETA Offers Help to Jere Whitson School

The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has made an offer to a Cookeville school involved in a fund-raising effort for a new playground. On Thursday morning, PETA sent a letter to Dr. Teri Anderson, principal of Jere Whitson Elementary School, offering to help the school raise funds to replace its aging playground equipment. PETA has offered to help pay for the equipment in exchange for the right to place ads on the school's new teeter-totters. The ad would show a pudgy-faced kid about to devour a fast-food burger next to the tagline "Tot teetering on obesity? Go veg!" In the letter, PETA points out that eating meat and other animal products feeds the childhood obesity epidemic and contributes to the rise of type 2 diabetes and to early signs of heart disease in children. PETA's executive vice president Tracy Reiman is quoted as saying, "Our proposal is a win-win for Jere Whitson." She says "It would help with the renovations at the playground and send a potentially lifesaving message to kids about the dangers of eating meat. The best thing that people of any age can do for their health, animals, and the environment is to go vegetarian." There's been no official comment from Dr. Anderson, although in most cases any advertising proposal would have to be approved by the school board.