PETA Egging Washington On

By Kriston Capps
|  Sunday, Aug 29, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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PETA Egging Washington On

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Two PETA models don lettuce leaf bikinis to promote vegan diets.

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No ovaries will be harmed in the making of today's demonstration, PETA assures.

PETA has earned a bad reputation among feminists for trading skin for flesh -- that is, for using sexual imagery in appeals for animal rights. Sexy PETA women have staged public demonstrations wearing lettuce bikinis, bodypaint or even less to protest meat and other animal products.

Today, PETA activists are assembling in Washington to demonstrate against eggs -- by wearing nothing but feathers.

PETA's scantily-clad "chicks" -- barf -- are now at 16th and H Streets N.W., wearing strategically placed feathers and feather headdresses. A PETA release employing a lot of "scare quotes" suggests these feathers are "not real."

The protest follows a recall of 500 million eggs after salmonella outbreaks that have affected some 2,000 people. On its website, PETA notes that hens used for commercial egg production are treated cruelly and kept in unsanitary, overcrowded conditions.

The connection between the cruel conditions that predominate in U.S. commercial agribusiness and feathery bikinis is not entirely apparent. However, PETA's model activists will be handing out egg-free treats and recipes.


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