Colo. Springs can’t agree on PETA trash-can deal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The city has sold its police helicopters and launched an adopt-a-streelight program to help stretch its budget – but it’s balking at anti-meat ads on trash cans to restore trash service to parks.
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals offered to buy advertising space on trash cans in neighborhood parks. The city removed trash cans from about 140 neighborhood parks earlier this year to cut costs.
Mayor Lionel Rivera told PETA in a letter that the city would welcome the group’s support but was turning down the offer because of the proposed ad’s content. He said PETA “would be welcome to help us with trash disposal in our parks” if it followed the city’s guidelines.
The PETA ad featured a blond woman in a lettuce bikini and the slogan, “Meat Trashes the Planet. Go Vegan. PETA.”
City spokeswoman Sue Skiffington-Blumberg said the trash cans would be placed in neighborhood parks that cater to families and children. The city said PETA’s message wasn’t “rated for general audiences.”
Skiffington-Blumberg said other organizations have expressed interest in helping restore the trash service.
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman sent an e-mail Friday to the mayor saying the group considers the slogan to be integral to its message. He said if the city changes its mind about the ad, the group would still be interested in sponsoring the trash cans.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com