by intern Heather B.
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Recently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a VA-based animal rights activism organization, proposed that 2 billboards promoting vegetarianism be erected in Wichita, KS, in the wake of the late Dr. George Tiller’s death. Tiller, an extreme late-term abortionist, was shot to death May 31 while working as an usher at his church in Wichita.
The Wichita Eagle reported the explanation by PETA’s campaign manager Lindsay Rajt

While our hearts go out to the family and friends of George Tiller, we are hoping that these billboards will make those who are rightly shocked by his murder sit up and realize that behind closed doors, millions of animals are suffering every day, and that we as individuals can help to reduce the amount of violence and suffering in the world.

Rajt’s insulting proposal, which allegedly attempts to equate the manufacturing of beef burgers and animal-tested cosmetics with the tragic loss of human life, was not well-received by the Wichita community.
Consequently, 3 billboard companies rejected the insensitive attempt at bipartisanship, declaring the timing inappropriate.
One of PETA’s billboards would have read, “Pro-Choice? Choose Vegetarian,” and the other design read, “Pro-Life? Go Vegetarian.” An image of 3 baby chicks would have been featured on each sign.
Of the negative response to PETA’s proposal, Rajt said, “If our billboards leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth, we just think they might give a thought to what animals feel when they go to the slaughterhouse.”
Hopefully, next time, PETA will give a thought to what people – especially family and friends of the deceased – feel when they go to the funeral home.
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