Saturday, August 23, 2008

PETA, !Callate!

via Feministing

It's amazing that PETA can spend so much time and money attempting to change the eating habits of everyone on earth, yet they apparently think that Mexicans don't eat animal products. PETA plans to post the above advertisement along the U.S./Mexico boarder fence in order to warn Mexicans and other immigrants who are crossing the boarder illegally about the unhealthy foods that are eaten in the United States, namley, animal products. Here's the translation of the ad:

If the border patrol doesn't get you, the chicken and hamburgers will. Go vegan.

A roundtable of vegans over at PETA actually sat down, came up with this ad, and agreed that it was a good idea. But there are Spanish translations for "chicken" and "hamburger," so doesn't that imply that people already eat this stuff in Mexico? So what's with the warning? But the patronizing nature of this ad goes further when the assistant manager of PETA's vegan campaign said this:

We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables.

Has this person ever walked into a Mexican restaurant? Part of me wishes she would, just so I can see the look on her face when she realizes that Mexican food isn't vegan. The other part ofe me thinks she must have, since she thinks Mexicans eat a vegan diet. And still part of me thinks this person just stereotyped an entire people.

1 comment:

August said...

Wow. That ad is...special.