The Detroit News reports that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has announced on its blog Thursday that they’re willing to offer financial assistance to 10 families who can’t afford their water bills — if the families go vegan.
How generous. I wonder how they’d feel if that was a Christian group that said “we’ll help you pay for your water, if you convert to our brand of Christianity.”
Strings are strings, and when you’re poor, you’re already being strangled. Another garrote doesn’t help.
On their blog, the group wrote that:
[W]ith the help of a generous PETA member, we have come up with one small way to assist Detroit residents and save animals, too. Thanks to this donor, PETA will be able to pay off the water bills for 10 families who commit to going vegan for one month. We’ll also help them get started by giving each family a basket of healthy vegan foods and recipes.
As if that weren’t patronizing enough, Think Progress added:
PETA also adds that poor residents should take interest in the health effects of their vegan lifestyle. “The last thing that people who are struggling need is increased health-care costs,” the blog post says. “By accepting our offer to go vegan, not only will families be getting an immediate financial boost and helping animals, if they stick with it, they’ll also lower their risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and strokes.”
If you can’t afford water, how on Earth are you going to afford fruits and vegetables on a regular basis? It’d be nice if they could. As of 2012, 18 million families in the US were unable to get a sufficient amount of food to be healthy. A fruit basket and recipes aren’t helping.
Maybe if we told them that humans are animals too, they’d start caring about people.
Actually, given PETA’s alleged track record at their shelters, it’s probably better they don’t know.
h/t: Think Progress