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PETA Plans Protest of Correspondents' Dinner Menu



    Claiming “You can’t be 'green' with a steak on your plate,” the animal rights group PETA plans to take it’s message to the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night.

    The group plans to protest outside the Washington Hilton as politicians and members of the press gather for the annual fete.

    While this feast usually is known for it roast of a different sort -- reporters and pols poking fun at each other -- PETA wants to use the event to beef up its attack on meat eaters.

    This year, the White House Correspondents’ Association is touting its greenest gathering ever, calling it the most “eco-friendly” dinner to date. Attendees are being encouraged to carpool, come in hybrid vehicles or even purchase carbon offsets if they’re traveling long distances. PETA’s answer to all that: Hold your horsepower! They say none of that tongue wagging about protecting the planet amounts to a hill of cow pies if there is meat on the plate at the dinner.

    PETA has long insisted that “meat is responsible for environmental degradation on so many levels.”

    With steak on the menu for Saturday night’s dinner, PETA plans to stage a protest that invited press and politicians can’t miss. The picketers say they will by accompanied by a “cow” holding a sign that reads “Don't Eat MEat."

    If it’s a real cow, the black tie and ball gown clad guests better watch their steps. They’ll have more to watch out for than just the vegans.