PETA goes after celebrity meat eaters

June 29, 2008 at 1:26 PM

LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- Animal rights activists say they are now going to go after world-famous celebrity meat eaters such as U.S. singer Jessica Simpson.

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which became notorious for dousing fur-wearers in red paint, is attacking Simpson and other celebrities who encourage the "exploitation" of animals by eating them, The Independent reported Sunday.

Simpson reportedly was singled out after wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Real Girls Eat Meat," which was believed to be a dig at vegetarian ex-girlfriend Carrie Underwood, who previously dated Simpson's boyfriend Tony Romo.

"Jessica Simpson might have a right to wear what she wants, but she doesn't have a right to eat what she wants -- eating meat is about suffering and death. Some people feel like they are standing up against a tide of political correctness when they make a statement like this -- what she is really doing is standing up for the status quo," said Alistair Currie, a spokesman for PETA.

In response, the animal rights group doctored a photo of Simpson to read "Only Stupid Girls Eat Meat," and listed "five reasons only stupid girls eat meat."

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