PETA Wants The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES To Go Dairy-Free With Vegan Pizza In Nickelodeon Reboot

PETA Wants The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES To Go Dairy-Free With Vegan Pizza In Nickelodeon Reboot

PETA is hoping that a change to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' diet in Nickelodeon's upcoming animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will encourage viewers to switch to a vegan diet.

By MattIsForReal - Jan 31, 2018 12:01 PM EST

Pizza has always been a mainstay in the diet of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is hoping to convince Nickelodeon to make one slight change to the staple food in the new animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

PETA sent a letter to the network asking that the turtles switch to a dairy-free vegan pizza when they return to television. The letter points out that Nickelodeon’s young viewers (Generation Z), their siblings, and their parents are going vegan at higher rates than ever before with many pizza joints around the nation embracing the trend. Their claims are supported by some rather impressive statistics that highlight the growing shift towards a vegan diet.

"Modern kids are embracing vegan food, so why shouldn't modern Ninja Turtles?" asks PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. "Vegan pizza is popular, and it's healthier and far kinder to animals than old-fashioned dairy cheese pizza. PETA thinks that's something the 'Heroes in a Half Shell' would support."

PETA is hoping that this subtle change to the TMNT’s diet will encourage more fans to switch to vegan which “would be great news for cows” who often suffer horrible deaths at the hands of the dairy industry.

“I've got to believe that the Turtles would be willing to help save other animals' lives,” Lange adds

You can read the full letter PETA sent to Nickelodeon below.

January 31, 2018 
  
Cyma Zarghami 
President
Nickelodeon  
 
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. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Lauren Thomasson 
PETA  

Would our heroes in a half shell switching to a dairy-free pizza encourage you to try vegan food?

 
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SimplyAz
SimplyAz - 1/31/2018, 12:49 PM
Seriously, the other day I was tired after a long week at work and then I had the best food in the world, Pizza and all was right in the world. Shame that there aren't any nice PIzza places near me.


THEDARKKNIGHT1939
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/31/2018, 12:51 PM
This is officially the stupidest thing I've read this year regarding comics.
noahthegrand
noahthegrand - 1/31/2018, 12:52 PM
Didn't peta kill some dogs at some point? I don't remember details but I thought that was a thing that happened?
PsychoJester70
PsychoJester70 - 1/31/2018, 2:17 PM
@noahthegrand - Yeah, PETA kills animals all the time (or at least did in the past). I haven't thoroughly poured through this site for authenticity of all claims, but a couple of them I've checked out at other sources, including snopes. http://www.whypetaeuthanizes.org/
Kevwebsz
Kevwebsz - 1/31/2018, 12:52 PM


I'm going to have this in an hour. PETA has a good message but leave the pizza alone.
Franshu
Franshu - 1/31/2018, 12:53 PM
PFWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAH
Oh, please, just stop it with these absurd petitions HAHAHAHA
ImmovableForce
ImmovableForce - 1/31/2018, 1:11 PM
@Franshu - Can we make a petition about that?
BritishMonkey
BritishMonkey - 1/31/2018, 1:02 PM
Good god why?
TheUnworthyThor
TheUnworthyThor - 1/31/2018, 1:02 PM
God bless them for fighting for their beliefs. More people should hold such convictions. But no. Dairy is yummy. Continue putting that cheese on that pizza.
Antithesis
Antithesis - 1/31/2018, 1:03 PM
Modern kids? My kids are modern and the ones with teeth eat meat. Suck it peta.
bcom
bcom - 1/31/2018, 1:03 PM
WHAT. THE. F**K?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
venkman83
venkman83 - 1/31/2018, 1:04 PM
good gracious
Webfooter
Webfooter - 1/31/2018, 1:04 PM
Screw PETA. No need to force your dumb beliefs on everyone.
SummersEssex
SummersEssex - 1/31/2018, 1:04 PM
Had a bunch of pizza at a school function, one kid required vegan pizza. Looked horrible.
TruePunishment
TruePunishment - 1/31/2018, 1:05 PM
People
Eating
Tasty
Animals
WarNoodle
WarNoodle - 1/31/2018, 1:20 PM
@TruePunishment - YUP!
Kumkani
Kumkani - 1/31/2018, 1:07 PM
The fact that they're asking this of cartoon characters...
ShinjaTurtle
ShinjaTurtle - 1/31/2018, 1:07 PM
First of all, yes, I can’t imagine why someone would expect this to happen, but Devil’s advocate:
1. The classic pizza always seemed a bit contrary to their rigorous physical training program, and...
2. I remember “Recycle, Dudes!” being a thing, so it’s not unheard of for the Turtles to embrace movements like this.
Having said this, I need me a big sloppy supreme pie right about now!
And Mikey would agree.
#cowabunga
ImmovableForce
ImmovableForce - 1/31/2018, 1:08 PM
Sure, and while you're at it, put lots of other politically correct messages in too. Stick them all in there. Maybe make them all girls.
ImmovableForce
ImmovableForce - 1/31/2018, 1:08 PM
@ImmovableForce - Lol, someone beat me to that idea.
batman001
batman001 - 1/31/2018, 1:10 PM
the turtles won't change there diet because of the fact it would make no sense plus it would come across as peta forcing there believes on the younger generation
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