Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is chewing out the Agriculture Department for promoting “Meatless Mondays” for their employees, promising to eat more meat to make up the difference — a move PETA says it will counter by taking “informal bets” on when the Republican senator will die.
“Shame USDA. One has to wonder whether the Dept of Ag supports Iowa farmers since it is promoting ‘meatless Monday’ for USDA employees,” Grassley said Wednesday night on Twitter. “I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation abt a meatless Monday.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals responded Thursday by promising to take “informal bets” on its website about when the 78-year-old Republican “will succumb to a meat-related ailment, such as heart disease, cancer of the colon or prostate, or a stroke.”
“From Sen. Grassley’s reaction, it seems a pretty safe bet that he’s already got high blood pressure,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement to POLITICO. “Were he a physician instead of a politician, his attempt to keep factory-farm funding by promoting meat consumption would constitute malpractice.”