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Dear PETA

Christopher L. Jorgensen1
P.O. Box 546
Ames, IA 50014


April 15, 2008


PETA
P.O. Box 42516
Washington, DC 20015


Dear PETA,

What is your position on food products like Boca Burgers or Soyrizo? These are products made from vegetable matter that are intended to taste like meat! Isn’t that disgusting? To me, it seems like people who eat this stuff are wanting to take a principled stand without having the principles. This is the worst kind of hypocrisy in my opinion. I wanted to know yours.

Also, I have been wanting a really cool leather jacket for some time now. I was thinking it would be OK I got one from the Goodwill. The way I figure it is, I’m not contributing to an immoral industry, I am helping disabled people, and I get the jacket I’ve been wanting. Maybe I would be sending the wrong message to society though—that it’s OK to wear the skin of another animal—but the cow has already made the ultimate sacrifice. Isn’t the worse sin allowing this to be in vain?

If you could clear up these two issues for me I would be a much less confused individual.


Thanks,


Christopher L. Jorgensen

 

 

1 [Author’s note: Originally this letter used my home address, but I stopped giving this out after Bruce Campbell got drunk at the BBQ.]

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PeTA Foundation

June 13, 2008


Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 546
Ames, IA 50014


Dear Mr. Jorgensen,

Thank you for taking the time to write to PETA.

We encourage people to adopt vegetarian and vegan diets. Our main reason for encouraging these diets is to help prevent animal suffering.

Every year, billions of animals are raised and killed for their flesh on factory farms, where producers maximize profits by raising the most animals in the least space possible, creating nightmarish conditions for them. (GoVeg.com/factoryfarming.asp). With the easy accessibility of vegetarian “meats,” it is easier now that ever to “go veg.”

We certainly respect your dislike of products which are meant to simulate the taste and texture of meat, but we hope that you will keep in mind that these products do not cause animals to suffer and are helping to make vegetarianism mainstream and easy.

We also urge people to avoid wearing leather, even leather bought second-hand. As you point out, wearing it can serve to advertise leather to others. If you are in the market for cruelty-free clothing, we recommend that, if you have internet access, you check out PETA.org/living/alt2.asp.  In addition to avoiding the promotion of leather, buying cruelty-free also helps to create a market for humane alternatives, making stores more likely to continue to carry leather, fur, and wool alternatives.

Thanks again for writing and for your concern for animals!

Sincerely,

[signed]

Jeff Haines
Correspondence Assistant

 

PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL
TREATMENT OF ANIMALS
FOUNDATION

501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
Tel 757-622-7382
Fax 757-628-0786
E-mail Info@fsap.org

528 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
Tel 510-763-7382
Fax 510-763-7399
E-mail Info@fsap.org

PETA website: www.peta.org

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Commentary:

My friend Joe suggested I write Peta, but I already had, so I sent him the original unanswered letter. He replied, “I’m actually disappointed because those were two questions I’d want them to answer,” and the very next day the letter arrived! Joe’s got some pull.

This letter is spot on for being a great reply. My questions are answered, it’s signed, and it’s sincere. I can only take them to task for how long it took! But this does give me hope for some of my earlier letters. Maybe Warren Buffett will write back. It’s also a bit funny, as the girlfriend pointed out, that the question of internet connection is brought up after the second URL in the letter. Oh well, still a nearly perfect letter for the cause!

I honestly don’t have an opinion on the issue of eating meat. I do think there are bigger problems in the world, but ironically, I think meat consumption contributes to these issues. Pollution, global warming (cow flatulence), starvation and heart disease can all be partially laid at the feet of a Western diet. I don’t eat red meat myself, but chicken is some good eats! You do what you like.

[Update: 2 years on and Warren Buffett still has not written back. I am giving up hope.]

By Christopher L. Jorgensen

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