Source: Detroit news
An animal rights group is offering to pay outstanding water bills for 10 Detroit residents on the condition they become vegan for one month.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking Detroiters to mail the group a copy of their most recent overdue water bill and a pledge by Aug. 1.
“Anyone who tries a rich, varied, and tasty vegan diet stops contributing to the immensely wasteful use of water in meat and dairy farming,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Vegan meals are also a cost-effective way to help prevent health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, the last thing that someone who is struggling financially needs to deal with.”
PETA organizers will provide participants with a gift basket of vegan-friendly foods and a recipe book.
“We certainly want to be supportive as people take that on,” PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt said.
The effort is to promote a diet high in low-cost vegan foods such as rice, beans, lentils and vegetables, which can reduce one’s risk of developing a range of health conditions. The group also aims to reduce people’s carbon footprint, citing animal agriculture a large contributor.
Detroiters interested in participating in the program are asked to mail information to PETA Attn: Detroit Water at 501 Front St., Norfolk, Va. 23510.