HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
PETA offers money for new City Hall rugs

By Shawn Regan, Eagle Tribune

1272 days ago   Article ID# 942328
Original URL

 

PETA

BOSTON , MASSACHUSETTS (Eagle Tribune) - An animal advocacy group known for its controversial advertising campaigns has offered to help pay for new carpeting in City Hall in exchange for including a provocative pro-vegan slogan on the new shag.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known as PETA, contacted City Councilor David Hall after reading about Hall's efforts to have the dirty, lumpy, and by some accounts smelly and dangerous wall-to-wall carpeting replaced.

"We're always keeping an eye out for opportunities to get our message in the news and promote veganism," said Alicia Woempner, PETA's special projects coordinator, noting that PETA recently contributed money to build a municipal dog-walking park in the Florida Keys.

The ads, which would be emblazoned on the carpets, feature a blond woman wearing a bikini made of lettuce, with the message: "Tread Lightly: Go Vegan." The ads are a spinoff on the organization's Lettuce Ladies, women who gather in city centers throughout the world to hand out leaflets about veganism and vegetarianism.

"On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, including thousands across Massachusetts, I am writing with a proposal that would help the city not only replace the aging carpets at Haverhill City Hall, but also save money by reducing the cost of health care for city employees," reads an email to Hall from PETA Vice President Tracy Reiman. "By encouraging Haverhill employees to adopt a healthy vegan diet, the City Council could help ground both high employee health-care costs and cruelty to animals.

"Our offer is a win-win for Haverhill: Not only will it help replace the smelly old carpets in City Hall, it will also remind Haverhill residents that, when it comes to nutrition, meat stinks."

PETA has long been known for its racy, tongue-in-cheek publicity campaigns. One such promotion is the "Running of the Nudes," in which activists run naked through Pamplona, Spain, in a parody of the annual Running of the Bulls tradition. Others feature supermodels such as Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell posing nude on billboards with the slogan "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" across their chests.

Woempner said the amount of money PETA is willing to contribute to Haverhill depends on how many of the ads the city would allow in the building.

Hall said he's open to the idea of allowing a private group to advertise in City Hall. He said he intends to invite a representative from PETA to an upcoming council meeting to discuss ideas for replacing the carpets in what he has called "Haverhill's White House."

"I have to scrutinize it and see what my colleagues think, but I'm open to it," he said.

Mayor James Fiorentini quickly dismissed PETA's offer, however.

"I'm obviously not going to allow a scantily-clad woman in a bikini to appear on the rugs of City Hall," he said.

Noting that he rarely eats meat, Fiorentini said he agrees with PETA's vegetarian message, but called the Lettuce Lady ad inappropriate for a public building like City Hall.

Hall went public with his complaints over the building's carpeting two weeks ago, saying it is not only old and disgusting, but also smelly and dangerous due to rips and bulges.

"People who come in here to pay bills tell me it's a disgrace and the odor is unbelievable," Hall said at a recent council meeting, adding that he and other senior citizens have stumbled over the tattered flooring. "Workers shouldn't be subject to this environment. A woman who works in the basement got very sick due to the odor."

Fiorentini said he agrees the carpets need to be replaced, but the city cannot afford the estimated $70,000 to $100,000 to replace them.

The mayor said "Carpetgate," as some are calling it, has cast the city in a negative light. He recently sent emails to city councilors chastising them for the "tenor and tone" of comments they have made to the media about City Hall's rugs.

"I thought we were working together in this," the email reads. "The publicity the city received concerning the rugs was not helpful and did not portray our city in a good light. In the future, if councilors have maintenance issues, I respectfully request that you contact the maintenance department."

City Council President Michael Hart, who has said the city needs to find a creative solution for replacing the rugs rather than just saying it can't afford it, said Fiorentini has only himself to blame for the bad publicity.

"He's had plenty of time to address it before it got to this," said Hart, noting that Fiorentini has been mayor for more than seven years.

Copyright 2014 Eagle Tribune   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1272 days ago   Article ID# 942328

PETA     View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals News

PETA Steps Up Opposition Of Military Training Using Live Animals

9 days ago From WUNC  

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - PETA says the United States is one of only six NATO nations that still uses live animals in military medical training. PETA's director of lab investigations ...

PETA Offers Tips For Safeguarding Animals In Hot Weather

16 days ago From K2 Radio  

CASPER, WYOMING - PETA also recommends to move an animal to shade if it shows any symptoms of heatstroke including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy, ...

MUK Haircare certified as cruelty free

28 days ago From Styleicons  

GLEBE, AUSTRALIA - muk Haircare has been accepted by PETA, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, as a recommended cruelty free company. With this ...

PETA, state split 'Possum Drop' rulings

38 days ago From News & Observer  

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - PETA has sued in superior court asking a judge to declare the new law unconstitutional for violating due process and equal protection guarantees. ...

PETA questions elephant's abrasions, calls for federal inspection

39 days ago From Los Angeles Times  

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - PETA and the circus company have had a long-running dispute over how elephants are treated. The argument spilled into Los Angeles City Hall, and ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Animal News

Action Center

Antarctic sea ice set for record high as Arctic heads for sixth lowest extent

Action: Climate Change

The extent of sea ice in Antarctica is set to reach a record high, scientists said on Tuesday, as they announced that Arctic ...

Malayan tiger population plunges to just 250-340 individuals

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Malaysia is on the edge of losing its tigers, and the world is one step nearer to losing another tiger subspecies: the Malaya ...

Brazil's planned Tapajós dams would increase Amazon deforestation by 1M ha

Action: Stop Deforestation

A plan to build a dozen dams in the Tapajós river basin would drive the loss of an additional 950,000 hectares of rainforest ...

99 per cent of Sweden's waste is now reused

Action: Stop Pollution

Around 99 per cent of Sweden's garbage is now recycled and the country is so efficient at managing waste they are importing i ...

Japan leads opposition to establishing marine sanctuary for whales

Action: Save Our Oceans

The fate of a proposed 50m sq miles sanctuary for migratory whales was hanging in the balance on Monday night after objection ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.