Thrifty and Healthy Tip Comes as Airline Announces Pay-as-You-Weigh Ticket-Pricing Scheme

For Immediate Release:
18 April 2013

Samoa – Samoa Air’s announcement that it will begin charging passengers according to their weight has received about as warm a welcome from rotund customers as a punch in the stomach. That’s why People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has written to the company with a proposal to place a brand-new PETA ad on its aircraft that shows the belly of a “super-sized” man next to a row of airplane seats with the caption “Weigh Less – Pay Less. Go Vegan.” PETA’s point? That Samoa Air passengers can lower their travel costs and their chances of getting sick simply by going vegan.

“No one wants to pay extra for a flight, so passengers with a little ‘extra baggage’ can save big and slim down by going vegan”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “You could say that a humane, healthy vegan diet is the only way to fly.”

Studies show that vegans are, on average, about 18 percent leaner than meat-eaters are. The meat habit can keep frequent flyers grounded in other ways, too. Consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products has also been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer. And because the cholesterol found in meat, eggs, and dairy can block the blood flow to all of the bodies’ organs, switching to vegan foods, which are naturally cholesterol-free, could save portly passengers money on everything from hospital bills to home defibrillators to Viagra.

Of course, eating a healthy plant-based diet is the best thing that anyone can do to help stop the immense suffering endured by the billions of animals raised and killed for food.

PETA’s letter to Samoa Air offering the ad for placement on its aircraft is available upon request.

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