PETA is up to its attention-seeking antics again, offering to supply Redmond's Albert Einstein Elementary an all-vegan school lunch on March 14 for Albert Einstein's birthday, as "the perfect way to honor Einstein's vegetarian legacy."
Also included in PETA's offer, for the schoolchildren to have along with lunch: "free copies of [PETA's] colorful, kid-friendly Einstein leaflet," which includes this text as well as the image below (along with one of a pig in a cage and a muddy cow):
- This graphic image with a bloodied bird filling the whole frame under disturbing lighting is part of PETA's "kid-friendly" brochure to be supplied along with its free lunch.
Albert Einstein... would be disgusted to hear that on factory farms today, animals live crowded together by the thousands in dark, filthy sheds and cages. Many chickens and turkeys have part of their beaks cut off with a hot blade when they are a few days old, and piglets have their tails and teeth chopped off—all without any painkillers. PETA has videos showing that animals are beaten, dragged, and thrown against walls in slaughterhouses across the country.
At Redmond's Einstein Elementary, PETA would have distributed this brochure to children as young as five years old, up to 11 or 12 years of age for the sixth-graders.
Einstein Elementary principal Melissa Pointer was with students this morning, but school secretary Bobbie Joe Connors said that PETA wanted to "bring food for all 460 students, which didn't seem very viable... we can't just have outside people bringing in food. There are a lot of different issues, and we can't really push those views."
Connors said she wasn't aware of PETA's intention to distribute the pamphlet, and said, "We absolutely would not do that."
PETA senior vice president Dan Mathews' comment: "At a time when school budgets and childhood obesity are hot topics, we're surprised that Einstein Elementary rejected an offer that would've saved the school money and introduced kids to healthy eating." And, you know, possible health-code violations and fresh nightmares.
PETA has also offered vegan lunch with, presumably, the same propaganda to Einstein Elementary in Oak Park, MI, and JHS 131 Albert Einstein in the Bronx, NY, but has yet to get a response.