This border fence brought to you by … PETA?

posted at 12:40 pm on August 12, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Border-fence proponents have a new argument for its installation: advertising revenue.  Not only will it deter illegal immigration through physical intimidation, but the government can sell advertising on it explaining why Mexicans shouldn’t want to live in the US anyway.  The sponsor?

While many view the contentious border fence as a government fiasco, an animal rights group sees a rare opportunity.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans today to announce an unusual marketing pitch to the U.S. government: Rent us space on the fence for billboards warning illegal border crossers there is more to fear than the Border Patrol.
The billboards, in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: “If the Border Patrol Doesn’t Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan.”
“We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables,” said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA’s vegan campaigns.

Far be it from me to get in the way of dissuasion, but maybe PETA should check its numbers first.  Mexico has the shortest life expectancy in North America, trailing Canada by over five years and the US by almost three.  In fact, according to the CIA World Factbook, no nation in Central or South America beats either Canada or the US, and most fall short of Mexico.
Still, why not have PETA waste its money on sponsorship of the fence?  It beats some of the other purposes they have for their funding.  If they can con celebrities into posing nude for their propaganda, maybe they can convince would-be border crossers to stay home.


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…move the banner…

MadisonConservative on August 12, 2008 at 12:42 PM

I haven’t laughed so hard since…Tim Kaine’s comments on Obama and Russia.

jencab on August 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM

They could throw it up with these zipperheads on the other side…see how good it works.

Test out the .50 caliber back up system maybe??

BigWyo on August 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Just remind PETA the signs need to be in Spanish.

Nethicus on August 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM

“We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables”

Idiots. Aren’t these the type of folks who pride themselves on knowledge of other cultures? Do they have any freaking clue what typical Mexican cooking fare really is?

They might as well have called Mexicans “beaners”.

flipflop on August 12, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Rent us space on the fence for billboards warning illegal border crossers there is more to fear than the Border Patrol. The billboards, in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: “If the Border Patrol Doesn’t Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan.”

……..?

They’re serious?

And what about TRANS FATS!!!

Nahhh! This came from The Onion, right??

wise_man on August 12, 2008 at 12:45 PM

How can you go vegan with meat like that?

Kini on August 12, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Where did PETA get the crazy notion that Mexican’s don’t eat meat?

MarkTheGreat on August 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Why doesn’t Hussein just tell these babes to move the banner?

Akzed on August 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Is it just me or do these people seem a little crazy to you?

- The Cat

MirCat on August 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Are the Tele-dummies for real?

Right_of_Attila on August 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Let PETA finance the fence, then when they demand to post their advertisements, remind them that the other side of the fence is Mexican territory and they need to contact the Mexican authorities for permission.

Suckaz.

Bishop on August 12, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Of course for the best beans, you need to mix in LARD. Idiots. PETA’s mostly just carpet munchers anyway.

kirkill on August 12, 2008 at 12:48 PM

“We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables,” said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA’s vegan campaigns.

Well. They kinda have a point.

wise_man on August 12, 2008 at 12:48 PM

“We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables,” said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA’s vegan campaigns.

Heh. I think they forgot a few things – cabrito, chorizo, menudo…there’s all sorts of carne in a Mexican diet.

Once again, PETA displays ignorance. Go figure.

Slublog on August 12, 2008 at 12:48 PM

kirkill on August 12, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Om nom nom nom …

wise_man on August 12, 2008 at 12:51 PM

The billboards, in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: “If the Border Patrol Doesn’t Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan.”

That’s freaking hilarious!! I have a mental picture of giant man eating chickens and burgers, running rampant!

But hey, if they want to spend their money thataway, let em.

4shoes on August 12, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Instead of animals, we could use PETA members for the risky medical lab experiments, if only they were as bright as rats. But they’re not. Too bad.

RBMN on August 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Which one is Tinky Winky?

Brat on August 12, 2008 at 12:54 PM

I don’t know about you, but I know a fair number of Mexicans who are significantly over weight. And most of them live in Mexico, not here.

Many of the skinny ones are actually starving, because of poverty, and would welcome the chance to come to the US and get fat.

MarkTheGreat on August 12, 2008 at 12:57 PM

I’m pretty sure they eat meat in Mexico.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Does Captain Kirk know they come in other colors besides green?

ncc770 on August 12, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Hey, don’t say that Ed, I like their ‘celebrities posing nude’ ads!!!

Aylios on August 12, 2008 at 1:04 PM

I’m pretty sure they eat meat in Mexico.

- The Cat

Yeah, but all the good places to eat Mexican food are in the US today.

highhopes on August 12, 2008 at 1:06 PM

This shows how truly wrong they are Colors
Granny panties. Blech!

Suburbandad on August 12, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Yeah, but all the good places to eat Mexican food are in the US today.

highhopes on August 12, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Watch out for the bathtub cheese!

Brat on August 12, 2008 at 1:11 PM

This could work.

Illegals will take one look at the sign, wonder what kind of nuts live on the other side of the border, then turn around and go home, where things are saner.

pilamaye on August 12, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Does Captain Kirk know they come in other colors besides green?

ncc770 on August 12, 2008 at 1:01 PM

My best laugh of the day!

Frozen Tex on August 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Does Captain Kirk know they come in other colors besides green?

ncc770 on August 12, 2008 at 1:01 PM

OMG! ROTFLMAO!

Pulchritudinous Patriot on August 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Ugh…I think I know the green one. *drops head in shame*

tickleddragon on August 12, 2008 at 1:19 PM

there’s all sorts of carne in a Mexican diet.

Mmmm… Carne tacos… beef burritos… Yummy.

crazy_legs on August 12, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Morons. My FIL is from Mexico, and I KNOW what he ate, and still eats, and trust me, it’s not just beans and rice. Needless to say, I always asked my hubby what something was before eating it. YUCK! :)

StephC on August 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

These morons obviously haven’t stopped to have tacos at a taco stand in Mexico — where you don’t know what kind of meat you’re getting.

Rick on August 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Is it wrong that I am wondering how well those colors would stand up to a “fivesome”?

Just asking…

wearyman on August 12, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Where did PETA get the crazy notion that Mexican’s don’t eat meat?

MarkTheGreat on August 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

I know. I mean the refried beans have pork in them.

Just an FYI to any vegetarians eating at Mexican restaurants, order the black beans.

Esthier on August 12, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Does Captain Kirk know they come in other colors besides green?

ncc770 on August 12, 2008 at 1:01 PM

I believe that was Captain Pike …

[geek mode=off]

Ed Morrissey on August 12, 2008 at 1:32 PM

hahahaa

becki51758 on August 12, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Eh, let’s face it, I haven’t been able to get the geek mode to the OFF position in decades ….

Ed Morrissey on August 12, 2008 at 1:33 PM

maybe PETA should check its numbers first

Why would they start now Ed? They’ve never bothered to check any of their numbers before…

gekkobear on August 12, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I believe that was Captain Pike …

[geek mode=off]

Ed Morrissey on August 12, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Actually, Captain pike had the deformed-but-magically-made-to-look-cute-by-alien-mind-powers chick. Kirk (and Johnathan Archer) had the green chicks. (Orion Slave Girls, to be precise)

/super-geekier-than-Ed-mode

wearyman on August 12, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Picture the reaction of people getting by on rice and beans to the promise of steaks, chops and KFC on the other side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezh_ByjVIV0

Highwayman on August 12, 2008 at 1:39 PM

I believe that was Captain Pike …

[geek mode=off]

Ed Morrissey on August 12, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Marta/Yvonne Craig — “Whom Gods Destroy”. Pike’s was a human woman made to appear to him as an Orion.

[bigger geek mode=always on]

ncc770 on August 12, 2008 at 1:39 PM

My carne asada. Let me show you it.

TheUnrepentantGeek on August 12, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Ed Morrissey on August 12, 2008 at 1:32 PM

ncc770 on August 12, 2008 at 1:39 PM

wearyman on August 12, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Wear the title with pride my brothers.

TheUnrepentantGeek on August 12, 2008 at 1:47 PM

PETA shelters have upwards of an 80% kill rate. Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA, claims to have killed 1,000 animals with her own hands. I recently found that out and have resolved to repeat it every time I hear mention of PETA.

Of course, <koff> the fact that it links to my own blog doesn’t hurt, either.

S. Weasel on August 12, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Yeah, but all the good places to eat Mexican food are in the US today.

highhopes on August 12, 2008 at 1:06 PM

If you followed the link remind me to avoid you if you ask, “Who’s for lunch?”

- The Cat

MirCat on August 12, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Well, the Orion slave girls are green. Andorian chicks are blue. Were there any episodes that have the yellow and red ones?

wise_man on August 12, 2008 at 1:49 PM

This border fence brought to you by … PETA?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals might be onto something. But on the other hand, are they calling everyone South of the Border ANIMALS? Nice try P.E.T.A., but I think you morons blew it again!

byteshredder on August 12, 2008 at 1:51 PM

When someone is hungry, they’ll eat anything handy.

Participating in silly things like PETA is an indulgence reserved for bored, rich, well-fed Liberals with too much time on their hands.

landlines on August 12, 2008 at 1:53 PM

My carne asada. Let me show you it.
TheUnrepentantGeek on August 12, 2008 at 1:46 PM

…. Car-naye …..

wise_man on August 12, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Okay!

You can’t post a picture of painted naked ladies like that and not provide some kind of link to where you found it.

That’s just not right.

Lawrence on August 12, 2008 at 1:59 PM

I like the orange one in the middle…
http://www.famegame.com/party/589344/

Lawrence on August 12, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Trent Lotts’ goats hate fences….love PETA. Ha!

captivated_dem on August 12, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Who cares what peta does, I thought we were going to get to see naked liberal girls painted like m&m’s.

peacenprosperity on August 12, 2008 at 2:20 PM

There was one episode where the dudes were black and white.

No chicks though.

MarkTheGreat on August 12, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Vulcans, Romulans, and Klingon (both old style and new) were all green.

Did Rodenberry get a volume discount on the green paint or something?

MarkTheGreat on August 12, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Speaking of that sign.

Where’s a match when you need one.

MarkTheGreat on August 12, 2008 at 2:23 PM

These morons obviously haven’t stopped to have tacos at a taco stand in Mexico — where you don’t know what kind of meat you’re getting.

Rick on August 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Hehe…yep morons for sure, they always have been and always will be. PETA’s tactics have always been extreme and their propaganda full of lies that the bleeding heart lefties just lap it up!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think animals should suffer, be abused, etc. however I also believe animals were placed on this earth for us to eat, along with a balanced diet of druit and veggies!

As for the “mystery meat” Rick alluded to it goes to prove how ignorant PETA is as I’m certain the carne asada purchased at a taco stand in Mexico isn’t always cow meat…in fact I’d say the meat probably

barked

when it was alive and depending on how spicy it was when eaten it may come back to bark again later!

Liberty or Death on August 12, 2008 at 2:52 PM

This is why I want a moat not a fence.

koypop on August 12, 2008 at 5:44 PM

From the comments at the link.

DukeSpirit wrote:
Oh, for cryin’ out loud, PETA!
Just because they’re shipped across the border in refrigeration trucks, that doesn’t mean that we EAT them.

Buford on August 12, 2008 at 7:23 PM