(International Business Times) PETA, or People for the Ethical Treament of Animals, is standing by its decision to use Detroit’s bourgeoning water crisis as an opportunity to wean a handful of people off meat-based diets.
"I think anything we can do to encourage people to try something new, try out healthy eating for a month, it’s a positive thing," PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt said by phone. Her defense comes as the animal-rights group is facing blowback for dangling a carrot in front of impoverished Detroiters, offering to pay the water bills of 10 local families under the condition that they agree to adopt a vegan lifestyle for one month.
The idea, Rajt said, came from a Detroit-area PETA member who agreed to put up the money for the proposal, but whose name is not being disclosed by the group. PETA is also offering the families a basket of vegan foods and recipes to get them started. Rajt, a Michigan native, cited Michigan's obesity problem as rationale for pushing veganism in her home state.
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