No, PETA hasn't declared illegals to be animals in need of their care. The Houston Chronicle reported yesterday that PETA wants to start a new advertising campaign.
While many view the contentious border fence as a government fiasco, an animal rights group sees a rare opportunity.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans today to announce an unusual marketing pitch to the U.S. government: Rent us space on the fence for billboards warning illegal border crossers there is more to fear than the Border Patrol.
The billboards, in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: "If the Border Patrol Doesn't Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan."
"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," said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA's vegan campaigns.
I'm not sure if the PETA folks know that a lot of Mexican cooking is done with lard. Nice, saturated animal fat...
Still, I like their creativity. Selling advertising space on the border fence is the perfect way for the Border Patrol to raise some operating cash, and Congress (especially the Democratic Congress) always loves money coming into the federal coffers. Even better, this money would be coming from an otherwise untaxed source.
So, PETA spends pointless money warning illegals away from Dangerous America, the government gets money from somebody's pocket that isn't mine, and the border fence gets built. I love it!
Some days are filled with great beauty.