Sunday, December 11, 2011


USA (LA Times) - It isn’t every day that Pamela Anderson shares billing with Pythagoras.  But that was just one of many oddities on display Tuesday outside the Hollywood Post Office, where the blond bombshell joined former game-show host 88-year-old Bob Barker to promote postage stamps featuring famous vegetarians.  The U.S. Postal Service announced that living people would now be eligible to be featured on stamps. This has sparked the creative wheels of PETA’s propaganda machine, and last week the animal rights organization held a media event to launch a limited edition line of postage stamps featuring 20 famous vegetarians. The event, naturally, was held in Hollywood, outside the post office of the stars. The limited-edition sheet of 20 44-cent stamps produced and sold by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, makes for an unusual assemblage - linking Anderson and Barker, to Pythagoras.

Anderson unquestionably was the main draw for the crowd of photographers, who started shouting requests the moment she stepped out of an enormous black GMC Denali SUV.    Along with Anderson and Barker, the stamps also feature some long-dead vegetarians such as Mohandas Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy and Leonardo da Vinci. Other famous celebrities vegans that are featured in PETA’s latest campaign.  Some of the very-much-alive promoters of vegetarianism included in the group are Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, Cesar Chevez, Ellen De Generes, Joan Jett and a comedian named Steve-O.  The stamps can be purchased online through December and possibly into January at  “People think that eating vegan is a new trend, but it was actually 3,000 years ago that the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras wrote that carnivores are digging their graves with their teeth,” Dan Mathews, PETA’s senior vice president said.

Criticize the folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - the animal rights organization - if you want, but they know how to generate publicity for their cause.  Mohandas Gandhi and Pamela Anderson are featured on new stamps made by PETA.  The limited-edition sheet of stamps is featuring 20 famous vegetarians and vegans, linking celebrities as Anderson, Bob Barker, Paul McCartney, Brian Adams, Woody Allen, Morrissey, Woody Harrelson and Joan Jett to Gandhi, Pythagoras, Leonardo da Vinci and Leo Tolstoy.  What are you waiting for becoming a vegetarian?
He (the animal) gives you the nicest food (milk), full of vitamins. And you can prepare from milk hundreds and thousands of so many palatable things. That is civilization. ... Milk is nothing but the blood. So civilization means let the cow live, and you take the milk, which is nothing but blood. When the mother feeds the child with milk, wherefrom the milk comes? Milk comes from the blood of the mother. Therefore the mother is supplied nutritious food so that she can produce milk for the child. Similarly, cow is mother. What is this philosophy, “Kill the mothers and eat?” “Kill the child and eat?” What is this nonsense? Such crude things are going on in the name of civilization. ... This is not civilization. Civilization is how to go back to home, back to Godhead. That is civilization.  One should be intelligent enough. Education must be directed in that way.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Room Conversation - July 31, 1975.
New Orleans -
Complete Works of Srila Prabhupada
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International

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