When will Senator Charles Grassley die? It’s a morbid question that only PETA had the gall to ask. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals started taking bets on its website over when Grassley would die from heart-disease, obesity, or some other meat related disease.
Fox News reports that PETA grew angry with Grassley after he said that he would “eat more meat” in response to the USDA’s recommendation for “meatless mondays.” The USDA has retracted its recommendation but Grassley’s comments have made him enemy number 1 at PETA.
PETA writes on its website:
“We’re taking bets (place yours in the comments section below) on how long it will take Sen. Grassley to succumb to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or some other meat-related disease.
PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said:
“From his reaction, it seems like a pretty safe bet that he’s already got high blood pressure…. Were he a physician instead of a politician who truly puts his rancher money where his mouth is, he’d be guilty of malpractice.”
The USDA brought up “meatless mondays” in a letter recommending more “greening” efforts. The USDA said that people could reduce their environmental impact by restraining from meat one day a week. The USDA also pointed out that excessive meat consumption could lead to health problems.
But Grassley isn’t paying attention to the USDA or PETA.
Spokeswoman Jill Kozeny said:
“Sen. Grassley is representing his constituents… He’d like USDA to remember who it’s supposed to work for, too.”
Do you think “meatless mondays” are a good idea? Do you think PETA is out of line for taking bets on when Senator Charles Grassley will die?