Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted his disappointment with the USDA for promoting “meatless Mondays” to its employees, saying he “will eat more meat on Monday to compensate.” The Agriculture Department had to clarify the statement was “made without proper clearance,” but Grassley’s remarks have drawn strong criticism from People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who are now apparently placing bets on “how long it will take [him] to succumb to… [a] meat-related disease.”
In a blog post earlier today, PETA’s Alisa Mullins criticized the USDA for being the “servant of agribusiness” and Grassley for his pledge to eat more meat, with this rather striking comment.
We’re taking bets (place yours in the comments section below) on how long it will take Sen. Grassley to succumb to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or some other meat-related disease.
“From his reaction, it seems like a pretty safe bet that he’s already got high blood pressure,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Were he a physician instead of a politician who truly puts his rancher money where his mouth is, he’d be guilty of malpractice.”
A spokesperson for Grassley responded by slamming the comments as “way outside the mainstream.”
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