Say what?!

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 1997:

The Lettuce Ladies, from People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals, invited North Carolina general assembly
members to a May 8 vegetarian “pig-out” as thanks for a
moratorium on building hog barns. However, PETA
spokesperson Michael McGraw said, “Invitations bearing a
sexy vegetarian wearing strategically placed lettuce leaves
proved too racy” for the assembly speaker, who barred their
The Louisiana state Senate and Governmental
Affairs Committee in April voted to terminate 60 state agencies
mostly set up to promote commerce and tourism, but
spared the Pork Promotion Board and Fertilizer Commission;
then approved amending the state ethics code to allow elected
officials to accept hunting and fishing trips from lobbyists.

A cow going to slaughter in Memphis “got loose,
wandered through traffic, and eluded two cowboys on their
way to a rodeo, one of whom gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
after she was hit by a car,” United Press International
reported on April 25. The cow died anyway.
An entity calling itself “The Animal Liberation
Front Truth Squad” on May 1 threatened to disrupt the
“Animal Rights ‘97” conference, scheduled for June 26-30 in
Arlington, Virginia, due to the inclusion of I n t e r n a t i o n a l
Society for Animal Rights executive director Susan Altieri as
a speaker. If “all association with ISAR” wasn’t immediately
ended, the anonymous “ALF Truth Squad” communique stated,
the group would not only disrupt the conference but also release
derogatory material about Altieri “to the media and to groups
such as Americans for Medical Progress, the A n i m a l
Industry Foundation, and Putting People First.” The allegations
against Altieri paralleled some made by former ISAR
staffers Anthony McHugh and Sylvie Pomicter, including in
a lawsuit McHugh on March 24 filed against Altieri (his aunt),
ISAR president Henry Mark Holzer, ISAR founder H e l e n
Jones (ushered into retirement in January 1995 amid allegations
of animal collecting and fiscal impropriety), and C i n d y
McHugh (believed to be McHugh’s mother).

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