PETA Wants Higher Insurance Premiums For Meat Eaters

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    Animals Rights Group Approaches Blue Cross Blue Shield

    VERMONT -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont to raise health insurance premiums for people who eat meat, and lower the premiums for vegetarians.

    In a letter sent Monday to Bill Milnes Jr., president of Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Vermont, PETA's Executive Director Tracy Reiman urged Blue Cross to raise rates on meat eaters because -- she claims -- heart disease, diabetes and other leading killer diseases have been conclusively linked to the consumption of meat and other animal products.

    "Given the latest news about the effects of E. coli on meat-eaters -- and the mountain of evidence linking meat consumption to some of our nation's deadliest diseases -- this change will benefit Blue Cross Blue Shield's bottom line while also helping to ensure that your policyholders don't flat line," Reiman wrote.

    Reiman went on to point to recent reports of an E. coli outbreak in Vermont. In October a Vermont slaughterhouse recalled a ton of ground beef after 10 cases of E. coli were traced to meat from Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing in Ferrisburg. The recall was voluntary.

    Earlier in the month, three people were diagnosed with E. Coli in Orleans County. Health officials attributed those cases to raw milk as the source.

    "As you might know, E. Coli grows in the intestines of many farmed animals. Slaughterhouses are filthy places, and when animals are eviscerated, feces often spray in every direction," Reiman wrote.

    She goes on to claim that vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes and obesity. "By giving your policy holders a financial incentive to go vegetarian -- and penalizing those whose meat-based diets fuel our nation's worst health problems -- Blue Cross Blue Shield could save millions of dollars in the long run," Reiman writes.

    But it doesn't appear that Blue Cross will be taking PETA's suggestion any time soon.

    "Under Vermont law, we would not be allowed to vary rates based on the dietary and nutritional habits of various members," said Kevin Goddard, Blue Cross's vice president of external affairs. He did, however, say that Blue Cross is always looking to have the healthiest members possible, but "we have no information one way or the other if vegetarians are more healthy."

    In September, PETA made headlines in Vermont and across the nation for asking Ben & Jerry's ice cream to use human breast milk in their ice cream, instead of cow milk. "We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child," a representative for Ben & Jerry's said at the time.

    PETA Wants Higher Insurance Premiums For Meat Eaters - News Story - WPTZ Plattsburgh
     
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    If this had passed, all of a sudden all of Vermont are vegetarians...........

    Just like smoking and insurance, how can they prove if you do or don't smoke?


    (I'm assuming they still give breaks to non-smokers, right?)
     
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    Although vegans and vegetarians are shown to have less health benefits from their diet

    Eat PETA members
     
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    PETA is calling on members of Congress to support a "sin" tax on meat. Why? Among other reasons, meat is the number one cause of global warming, a looming environmental disaster that threatens the United States with billions of dollars in damages from rising sea levels, worsening storms, and increased droughts. A tax on meat would help prevent future global warming-related natural disasters by encouraging a decrease in meat consumption.

    PETA // Tax Meat!

    Interesting take on not eating a nice steak I suppose, if you eat veggies it reduces cattle gas and therefor reduces greenhouse gas. Everytime I see the word PETA I laugh, and the sad thing is that lost in all that craziness is how people can be better educated in treating animals better.
     
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    Just to set the record straight for those of you out there that may not know this:

    ->Not ALL vegetarians are members of PETA.

    ->I have been a vegetarian since I was 14 (many, many, many moons ago) and I'm healthier than most women 10 years younger than me! (I also exercise and make healthy choices most of the time when eating....)




    Carry on! ;)
     
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    fuck a bunch of peta...they were found to take animals from shelters and then kill them...fuck a bunch of peta b/s...they object to using insulin from animals..yet the 2nd person in peta who is diabetic uses what....o hell animal insulin..did i mention fucking a bunch of peta bs
     
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    I have a great deal of respect for people who are vegetarians for health reasons, but no respect whatsoever for those that are vegetarians because they don't want to kill animals. Plants are alive too, and they are killing those.
     
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    Okay, I'm not as good at counting as I used to be, but I think that's three quarters?!?:lol:
     
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    I'm all for animal rights but PETA is way too "out there" for me.

    They recently suggested that Ben & Jerry use human breast milk in their ice cream.
     
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    *slides mrs shelia a dollar* fuck a bunch of peta....they are so ...well...so...distasteful and what would one call the way the operate..they took animals from nc shelters then killed them and dumped them in a public dumpster....*slides mrs shelia another dollar*....fuck em.
     
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