We do get a little ticked off that some
people are still eating animals, but we are not alone: Apparently, so does at
least one breed of ticks. Scientists have discovered that the bite of the Lone Star tick causes people to develop
an allergy to meat. Once a person has been bitten, if he or she eats meat, things can get a little
uncomfortable and a hives-like rash can break out within hours. That
gave PETA the germ of an idea, and we’d like your input.
Currently, the ticks are predominantly
found in the southeastern United States. But PETA has hatched a plan to release
Lone Star ticks in parks in the Northeast, hoping that warming weather and
moist conditions will help the ticks thrive. PETA’s Don
Beleav, a biologist who is investigating the feasibility of the project,
explained how the resulting meat allergies will greatly benefit human beings
who come into contact with the ticks:
Just as leeches purify the blood,
these tiny insects can help people kick a habit that sucks for animals, human health, and the environment,” says Beleav.
“Obviously, PETA’s main goal is to prevent animal suffering, but going vegetarian or vegan helps people lose weight, boosts their immune systems, and lowers their risk of three of our nation’s biggest killers—heart disease, cancer, and strokes.” Beleav continues, “Really the only pushback we anticipate will be from fast-food
companies. Maybe McDonald’s will start handing out free flea and tick collars
with its value meals!
PETA is also considering offering the
bugs by mail for anyone itching to go vegetarian but lacking the willpower to
Article source: PETA Files