Vegans want ban on beef for governors' bet

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Activist vegetarians have asked the governors of Oklahoma and Texas to forego their traditional college football bet of a side of beef this weekend.

Governors of the neighboring states have long placed friendly wagers on the outcome of the annual University of Oklahoma and University of Texas football game and the bet generally involves beef raised in the states. The Texas mascot isn't the Longhorn for nothing.


This year's match between Oklahoma and Texas, both ranked in the top five in the country, takes place Saturday in Dallas and it's time, some vegetarians say, to alter the tradition.

Bruce Friedrich, director of vegan campaigns for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told the Daily Oklahoman newspaper, "Betting a side of beef is the wrong move in every way."

Vegetarians suggested the governors turn to "state-grown organic produce and grains."

A spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, however, said the governor plans to bet a side of beef.

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