PETA asks Oklahoma to hang 'Give Peas a Chance' banner at Capitol
In the wake of the Church of Satan and Hindu leaders wanting their own spot outside the Oklahoma State Capitol, PETA is jumping in the discussion as well.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to the Capitol Preservation Commission requesting they be allowed to fly a banner that reads "Give Peas a Chance: Go Vegan. Kindness Is the Best Religion of All." It also features religious symbols, including the Christian cross, the Muslim star and crescent, the Hindu Aum, and the Jewish Star of David, all portrayed using peas.
In the letter, PETA writes that "chickens, calves, turkeys, and other animals suffer needlessly killed for food, suffer on factory farms, in transport, and in slaughterhouses". PETA says it's message advocates mercy for all living beings.
The letter comes a little more than a week after the Satanic Temple requested a monument next the state's Ten Commandments. The monument that was installed in 2012 when State Representative Dr. Mike Ritze paid $10,000 to build the monument north side of the state capitol.
A few days later, a Hindu leader from Nevada also inquired about putting up a monument of Lord Hanuman, a Hindu deity with an ape-like face and a tail that is known for incredible strength.
The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking the removal of the Ten Commandments monument.