In a Strange Message, Britons Urge Kazakhs Not to Eat Meat
Two British animal rights activists dressed in lettuce bikinis braved the winter chill in the Kazakh commercial capital Almaty on December 12 to urge Kazakhs to stop eating meat and turn vegetarian.
The activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, said they were inspired by the spoof movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," but said their message was positive.
"We come with a positive message: how to live a healthier, longer life," said Yvonne Taylor, one of the two Lettuce Ladies, her teeth chattering as they stood in Almaty’s main square in freezing temperatures, as reported by the Press.
Regarding the two activists in Kazakhstan, PETA said in a statement, "The scantily clad beauties are asking the people of Almaty to mark the New Year by switching from dishes like beshbarmak (horse meat and noodles) and zhambas (baked sheep’s head) to healthy and humane meatless alternatives." (For the record, baked sheep’s head is called bas, while zhambas refers to a thigh, which is also served for distinguished guests.)
The activists held small Kazakh national flags and signs that read: "Let Vegetarianism Grow in You."