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PETA Offers Dr. Seuss' Widow Their "Crippled Chicken Statue" in Place of Stolen Lorax

Crippled Chicken Statue (Photo courtesy PETA)
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), like so many of us, were sad to learn that a statue of the Lorax, Dr. Seuss' emblematic character from the eco-centric tale of the same name, was stolen from his widow's California yard. To help ease her pain, the animal rights' group has just offered Audrey Geisel use of their "crippled chicken statue," which they hope she'll display in the meantime.The statue, which bears the words "Meat's Not Green," represents the evils of the meat industry, in that they are being "animal suffering on a massive scale," according to PETA. In a letter to Mrs. Geisel, PETA also noted that the Lorax, who "speaks for the trees," would also share the crippled chicken's sentiment that the meat biz "is a leading source of water pollution, land degradation, and greenhouse-gas emissions."

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"Just as lumber barons often see vital forests as nothing more than a lucrative source of wood, chicken processors see these inquisitive and sensitive birds as nothing more than a money-making source of flesh," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Until the Lorax statue is recovered, PETA's 'Meat's Not Green' crippled chicken statue would send a message that would help save animals' lives, protect human health, and pay the planet the respect it deserves."

No word yet on of Mrs. Geisel has accepted the generous offer to replace her $10,000 bronze statue with a bloody, bandaged chicken.