Wednesday Zen Moment: PETA wants America’s most violent cities to go peaceful at lunchtime

The FBI has recently released figures naming the most violent big cities in the U.S. with Detroit topping the list.

In response, PETA is running billboards in some of the most violent cities with a plea for what it calls “all-encompassing nonviolence.”

The billboards will show a fist clutching a bunch of carrots next to the words “Peace in Our Lunchtime!” and “Choose Peace. Choose Vegan.”

“Violence and cruelty to any living being beget more violence and cruelty, whereas compassion for animals who suffer and are killed for the table promotes understanding and kindness,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s message of peace encourages everyone to save lives, promote nonviolence, and make a difference every day simply by choosing vegan meals.”

Don’t get us wrong. We’re all for promoting peace and animals. But this campaign seems a bit of a reach.

Violence in cities are caused by a myriad of issues. Those root causes include historical injustices, poverty, racism and economic and educational imbalances that reach back generations at times.

Love animals. Love peace.

But PETA, going vegan won’t be the cure for ending violence.


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