What ever would we do without our favorite cultural provocateurs, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)? The organization has received a great deal of press for its recent spate of advertisements ( and rejected advertisements) that overtly use sex to promote a vegetarian lifestyle. Now, they want to slap that steamy message on a garbage truck. Because, if Iâm being honest, the two things that usually spring to mind when I gaze upon a trash-filled rear-loader is 1) âH-O-T!â and 2) âI should really give up meat.â
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, the group petitioned Topeka, Kan. Mayor Bill Bunten with a $6,000 offer to adorn one of the cityâs recycling collection trucks with an image of a pert blonde in a lettuce-leaf bikini and the admonition âVegetarians Do It to Save the Planet!â The move came after the city accepted $3,000 from KFC to fill potholes in the cityâs roads and topped them with advertisements for the fast food establishment. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bunten declined PETAâs offer.