PETA wil vegan pizza zien in de ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ reboot

Geplaatst op door Debra Wolford

Omdat Nickelodeon van plan is om een ‘nieuwe weg’ in te slaan met Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles heeft afgelopen week een brief naar de zender gestuurd met de vraag om voor een vegan weg te kiezen – door de Turtles zuivelvrije pizza te laten eten.

In de brief wijst PETA US erop dat steeds meer mensen (inclusief de jonge kijkers van Nickelodeon en hun broers, zussen en ouders) vegan worden. En pizzaketens volgen het voorbeeld, zeker in New York, de thuisbasis van de Turtles, waar Two Boots, &pizza, Screamer’s Pizzeria, 00 + Co., Paulie Gee’s, Bodega Pizza en andere restaurants vegan pizza aanbieden.

Moderne kinderen omarmen vegan eten, dus waarom zouden de moderne Ninja Turtles dat niet doen? Vegan pizza is populair, gezonder en veel diervriendelijker dan die met dierlijke kaas. Wij denken dat de heldhaftige schildpadden daarachter zouden staan.

PETA’s brief aan Nickelodeon is hieronder in het Engels te vinden:

Cyma Zarghami

January 31, 2018

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.


Lauren Thomasson


Ook jij kunt een held zijn – een held voor dieren. Klik op de onderstaande knop om te zien hoe eenvoudig en voordelig het is om voor vegan te kiezen: