PETA takes on American Obesity with ‘Save The Whales’ Billboard

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PETA Save the Whales - Lose The Blubber Go Vegetarian

In a new campaign from PETA, a billboard in Florida reads “Save The Whales – Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian.” Some people have been slightly offended by the billboard, it may be because of the obese women in a two piece on the right that may be slightly repulsive to some, or maybe it may even reflect some insecurities in others.

Needless to say, people are outraged by fat shaming tactics being used to promote vegetarianism. PETA stands by their ad and their press release:

A new PETA billboard campaign that was just launched in Jacksonville reminds people who are struggling to lose weight — and who want to have enough energy to chase a beach ball — that going vegetarian can be an effective way to shed those extra pounds that keep them from looking good in a bikini. The ad shows a woman whose “blubber” is spilling over the sides of her swimsuit bottom and features the tagline “Save the Whales. Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian. PETA.”

Anyone wishing to achieve a hot “beach bod” is reminded that studies show that vegetarians are, on average, about 10 to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters. The meat habit can ruin the fun in other ways too. Consuming meat and dairy products is conclusively linked to heart disease, diabetes, and several kinds of cancer — not to mention higher rates of infertility in women and impotence in men. And not only is following a healthy plant-based diet good for the environment, it is also the best thing that anyone can do to help stop the routine abuse of animals raised and killed for food. Animals on factory farms are subjected to mutilations like debeaking, tail-docking, and branding (without any painkillers) and are often slaughtered and dismembered while still conscious.

“Trying to hide your thunder thighs and balloon belly is no day at the beach,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA has a free ‘Vegetarian Starter Kit’ for people who want to lose pounds while eating as much as they like.”

If a persons own insecurities are being questioned by the billboard, doesn’t that mean they’re successfully getting their message across? What is your opinion on the billboard – too far? As expected from PETA? Has it changed anyone to Vegetarianism?

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