Thursday, February 01, 2018

PETA Wants The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles To Go Dairy-Free With Vegan Pizza In Nickelodeon's 2D-Animated Reboot

PETA Wants The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles To Go Dairy-Free With Vegan Pizza In Nickelodeon Reboot


PETA is hoping that a change to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' diet in Nickelodeon's upcoming animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will encourage viewers to switch to a vegan diet.

Pizza has always been a mainstay in the diet of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is hoping to convince Nickelodeon to make one slight change to the staple food in the new animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

PETA sent a letter to the network asking that the turtles switch to a dairy-free vegan pizza when they return to television. The letter points out that Nickelodeon’s young viewers (Generation Z), their siblings, and their parents are going vegan at higher rates than ever before with many pizza joints around the nation embracing the trend. Their claims are supported by some rather impressive statistics that highlight the growing shift towards a vegan diet.

"Modern kids are embracing vegan food, so why shouldn't modern Ninja Turtles?" asks PETA Senior Vice President (SVP) Lisa Lange. "Vegan pizza is popular, and it's healthier and far kinder to animals than old-fashioned dairy cheese pizza. PETA thinks that's something the 'Heroes in a Half Shell' would support."

PETA is hoping that this subtle change to the TMNT’s diet will encourage more fans to switch to vegan which “would be great news for cows” who often suffer horrible deaths at the hands of the dairy industry.

“I've got to believe that the Turtles would be willing to help save other animals' lives,” Lange adds.

Announced in March 2017 at Nickelodeon Upfront, the 2D-animated Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles will reimagine the iconic characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and make several changes to established Turtles lore — perhaps most notably, Raphael is now the leader, and Leonardo is the “self-professed ‘coolest’ brother.” The voice cast includes: Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You're The Worst) as Michelangelo, and Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O'Neil, and John Cena as new villain Baron Draxum. The 26-episode first season is set to debut on Nickelodeon in the USA and UK later this year.

You can read the full letter PETA sent to Nickelodeon below.

January 31, 2018

Cyma Zarghami

President

Nickelodeon

Dear Ms. Zarghami,

I’m writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide—a bunch of them dyed-in-the-half-shell fans of Mikey, Leo, Raph, and Donnie—to say, “Bodacious!”

That was the reaction around here when word got out about Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. What really got PETA buzzing, though, was the “different direction” that you spelled out for the new series. More laughs? Mystic ninja powers? Gnarly!

But every fan worth his or her nunchucks knows that wherever the show leads the Turtles, they’ll be fueling up with pizza. It’s practically their raison d’être, right? That’s another reason why I’m getting in touch: to ask that their pies and slices be vegan, because compassionate eating is the direction that TMNT fans, their siblings, and their parents are taking.

Check this out: Generation Z already scarfs down 57 percent more tofu and chugs 550 percent more nondairy milk than millennials do. Meanwhile, 70 percent of U.S. college campuses offer daily vegan options—that’s an awesome 42 percent jump from just four years ago—and one in five even have an all-vegan dining station. Twenty-six percent of all consumers say that they’ve cut back on eating meat in the last 12 months, and 58 percent of adults drink nondairy milk.

What’s that mean for reptilian—and human—pizza connoisseurs? More than 40 restaurant chains across the country, including Two Boots, &pizza, and Pizza Studio in the Turtles’ New York City stomping grounds, have taken note and added vegan cheese to their menus, and many of them now offer cruelty-free toppings like mock meats, seasoned tempeh, and tofu.

Putting vegan pizza on the Fab Four’s plates is sure to inspire fans to try it themselves, and that would be great news for cows. The dairy industry isn’t kind to these gentle, intelligent beings—they often spend their lives standing on concrete floors, separated from their babies and tethered to machines until their milk production wanes. Their misery ends at the slaughterhouse.

I’ve got to believe that the Turtles would be willing to help save other animals’ lives.

Thanks for your time and for considering this important issue. I’m looking forward to discussing it with you.

Sincerely,

Lauren Thomasson

PETA

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