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Montag, 05. Februar 2018, 12:00 Uhr

Teenage Mutant Vegan Turtles

PETA empfiehlt den Turtles vegane Pizza

Im Herbst 2018 erscheint mit Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eine neue 2D-Serie basierend auf dem über dreißig Jahre alten TMNT-Franchise. Das interessiert nicht nur die treuen, nostalgischen Fans, sondern auch PETA, die sich mit einer besonderen Bitte an die Macher der Serie gewandt haben.

Das Interesse der Tierschützer liegt aber nicht, an der nicht unbedingt artgerechten Haltung der Turtles, die in der Kanalisation leben. Viel mehr will PETA an die Vorbildfunktion der "Heroes in a half shell" erinnern. In einem offenen Brief an Nickelodeon bittet Lauren Thomasson im Namen von PETA, die Produzenten, den mittlerweile erwachsenen Superhelden ausschließlich vegane Pizza zu servieren.

Da Pizza das Grundnahrungsmittel der Turtles ist und zu einem Markenzeichen der Serie geworden ist, würde diese Änderung deutlich spürbar sein und so die vegane Alternative zur Pizza einem sehr großem Publikum aus verschieden Altergruppen präsentieren. Nice try, Peta!

Allerdings versuchen die Tierschützer in ihrem Brief möglichst cool und locker die Vorteile veganer Pizza und des veganen Lebens vorzustellen und das klappt leider nur bedingt gut. Am Ende des Tages ist TMNT eben doch nur eine Action-Comedy Serie für Kinder, in der sprechende Ninja-Schildkröten unter der Leitung einer mutierten Ratte das Böse bekämpfen. Wie da vegane Pizza reinpasst, ohne der Serie jegliche Lockerheit und den Turtles typischen Humor zu rauben, wissen wir nicht.

 Aber man kann es ja mal versuchen.

Hier der offene Brief von PETA im Wortlaut
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


Bildquelle: "TMNT Pizza Hut Free Pizza" von vagueonthehow | flickr | CC BY 2.0