Nickelodeon is going to run this year a reboot series of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals requests that the heroes in a half-shell will become vegans.
“Modern kids are embracing vegan food, so why shouldn’t modern Ninja Turtles?” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement. “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.”
In their letter to Nickelodeon, which is adressed to the network’s president Cyma Zarghami, PETA emphasises the growing popularity of tofu and non-dairy milk among Generation Z. The letter, which is signed by Lauren Thomasson states: “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,” writes the organisation. “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”.
The new show is called Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and features the voices of John Cena as the new villain Baron Draxum, Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re the Worst) as Michelangelo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter.