In the coming days, nearly half of Detroit's residents could be left without running water as a crackdown on overdue water bills hits the hard-up city. The crisis has rightly garnered some attention — regionally, nationally, and internationally — and generated some reactions.
Not all of them are good. Here's a breakdown:
PETA, everyone's least favorite purveyor of cheap political stunts, has offered to pay the overdue water bills of ten Detroit residents if they pledge to go vegan. The apogee of sadness: Detroiters are taking them up on it.
ABC summed up the initiative thusly:
The group's offbeat campaign takes advantage of the recent water crisis in Detroit, where residents owe more than $89 million on past-due accounts, and more than 7,000 people have had their water shut off in recent weeks, prompting chaos in the bankrupt city."
It's obviously within PETA's rights to raise awareness about the economic and environmental virtues of going vegan, but there are many ways to it without twirling the plight of residents of a city with over 14 percent unemployment as batons in a parade of self-congratulation.
Veganism is a lifestyle, poverty is not. Nevertheless, this seems like an on-par response from a group that has both compared the entire human race to Nazis as well as killed 30,000 animals in the past dozen years.