LatinaLista — Last week, Homeland Security had a change of mind about building the infamous Texas-Mexico border fence in Presidio, Texas.
A change of mind NOT a change of heart.
It seems reality kicked in when it was discovered that the budget was higher than what had been planned for to build this section of the fence. News is that officials in Washington are reviewing the problem to come up with alternative solutions.
Yet, according to what Latina Lista learned today, the solution may have been handed Washington officials on a "vegan" platter.
With miles and miles of empty chain link just creating an eyesore for both sides of the border, one group has come up with an innovative way to capitalize on all that empty space, spread a healthy message and make the government a little money in the process.
Sign PETA wants to hang on U.S./Mexico border fence.
This morning, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, W. Ralph Basham, received a request from the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to rent advertising space on the fence.
PETA says they just want to offset part of the fence's staggering cost while delivering their message in all nine border sectors. The signs, in Spanish and English read:
"If the Border Patrol Doesn't Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Willâ€”Go Vegan."
PETA representatives tell Latina Lista,
One illustration on the sign depicts fit and trim Mexicans in their own countryâ€”where the traditional diet is based on grains, beans, and fresh fruits and vegetablesâ€”and another shows obese kids and adults gorging on fat- and cholesterol-packed meaty American food.
Just a quick scan of the sign shows that it would add some much needed color to a dull chain link fence and why not advocate for a healthy diet? With the rising incidence of diabetes, such messages are never heard enough.
Of course, if signs do start finding their way on the fence, that might call for new zoning laws to be passed to allow for such advertising.
But what the heck. If such an eyesore is going to be erected anyway, why not make it really noticeable and give everyone something constructive to learn because the fence alone isn't teaching any worthwhile lessons.
In fact, it should be covered up â€” with even more signs! And the money earned from the signage shouldn't go to the government. It should go to the people along the border whose land the government condemned just to put up the fence.