PETA Wants to Ruin the World's Largest Catsup Bottle

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Last week we reported on the possibility of Oscar Mayer purchasing the World's Largest Catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois. The landmark water tower is up for sale, including the warehouse property it sits on. We thought a Wienermobile pairing would be pretty much the best thing ever. But now PETA wants to "help" -- by painting an ad over the iconic bottle.

See also: Oscar Mayer Wants to Buy the World's Largest Catsup Bottle [UPDATED]

PETA put out a release this week saying it doesn't want to buy the property, but instead, help owner Bethel-Eckerts make a little money in the meantime -- nevermind that the bottle isn't in danger of being torn down due to money issues, the property is simply not in use. The animal-rights group sent a letter to Bethel-Eckerts owner Larry Eckerts offering to buy ad space on the roadside icon.

And just what sort of ad do these folks want to place? "A woman in a lettuce bikini juggling vegetables alongside the words 'Feeling Saucy? Catch Up on Vegan Recipes at PETA.org.'" The plan, PETA says, will save the lives of more than 100 animals a year. We're all for going vegetarian or vegan (we love a good veggie burger), but come on. This graphic pretty much ruins the whole thing:

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We're not sure either. | PETA

Here's the letter in full:

Dear Mr. Eckert: I'm writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Illinois, to let you know that we're fixin' to help you cover the cost of maintaining Collinsville's iconic catsup bottle while you search for a buyer who's hungry enough to bite. We'd like to pay to place a temporary ad on the bottle that features a lovely "Lettuce Lady" juggling fresh produce and reads, "Feeling Saucy? Catch Up on Vegan Recipes at PETA.org."

Our ad will help those with the bottled up desire to try vegan meals to discover an endless variety of delicious plant-based foods, such as corndog muffins, meat-less meat loaf, and falafel nuggets, that taste great with the "tangy-est" condiment. It will also remind everyone that topping veggie dogs and black-bean burgers with catsup is a delicious way to lower the risk of some of our nation's top killers, including heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Every person who goes vegan after seeing our ad will save more than 100 animals every year from factory farms - where cows are often castrated and branded without any painkillers and chickens and turkeys are crammed into filthy, ammonia-filled sheds with tens of thousands of other birds - as well as the horror of transport trucks and slaughterhouses, where animals often have their throats slit while they're still conscious.

I hope you will carefully pour over our offer and squeeze in a few moments to contact me in order to discuss the details.

Thank you for your consideration.

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89 comments
124567890
124567890

Doesn't peta realize this is just publicity?  The weiner mobile is good.

How f*cked is peta?

Get over it peta (get a life, don't take everything so seriously), Life is Good !

Stay out of Illinois! ! ! !



Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

Tiresome, gimmicky please for attention seems to be PETA's m.o. I can't think of anyone, vegan, vegetarian, or otherwise that really takes them seriously. The Humane Society and the ASPCA exist, and don't make offensive statements and pull lame stunts; kind of renders PETA irrelevant...

Greg Smith
Greg Smith

I think it has already been said, but WTF?

spyder46rt
spyder46rt

What's this weird hangup Missouri Rightwingers have with Peta?  Looks like a great idea and harmless to boot!


Big Thanks to RFT for promoting this Rightwing BS too!

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

You mean People Eating Tasty Animals or the Terrorist Group PETA that's trying to infringe upon everyone's right to eating meat? LOL.

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

Doesn't PETA know it's in a semi-remote area? They probably just want the news they are getting from making an offer.

ranelsonjr
ranelsonjr

PETA is the third most despised group to most Americans, falling just short of the hatred felt for Al-Queda and Westboro Baptist.


Michael Kyro
Michael Kyro

PETA...an animal rights group that in some ways do good to protect mistreated animals...but totally have gone extremist overboard and are trying to abolish all hunting rights. Among other issues.......they should stick to patroling puppy mills......and that sort of thing....NOT conservation.... oh, and the mentality that humans should all be vegetarians....I guess..lmfao

Kyle Banderman
Kyle Banderman

Haha....there you go. He could make it a clock and instead of a chime it would shoot off a shotgun for each hour

Kyle Banderman
Kyle Banderman

That's a good question Michael. I do know that males complaining about who owns the right to a large bottle do though

Sisyphus Wobbly
Sisyphus Wobbly

I would have to presume that at some point you were going to make a point. Apparently it got lost in the typo laden diatribe of nothingness.

Kyle Banderman
Kyle Banderman

Yeah David a woman's boob is worse that all the violence you see on tv. Plus you think Oscar Meyer does no wrong? Might want to do some research

Kyle Banderman
Kyle Banderman

Sorry Tony Bologna you definitely have a one sided view on this based on your name so I can't have an argument with you

Kyle Banderman
Kyle Banderman

Actually what the hell I'll play along with that too......if Oscar Meyer buys it I'm never buying another Oscar Meyer product and if it stays a ketchup "catsup" bottle I'm only eating mustard cause it's bullshit! Whew.....now I feel better that that's out there

Kyle Banderman
Kyle Banderman

I know.....I was just playing along. Who cares who buys it. Must be a slow news day......well actually 95% of what you are told isn't really "news" or they make something out to be bigger than what it really is. Hell I never even heard of this stupid thing until the other day. Doesn't affect my life one way or the other. If a company buys it that you don't like and it affects your life only because you and other people can see it and that's it ...then you have a serious problem.

Julie Banderman
Julie Banderman

Um. Who the f cares? Kyle Banderman, some people just don't get your humor. I shall call them unimaginative idiots.

David Hays
David Hays

Thanks Rip, Always glad when someone notices.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

As someone who grew up in Collinsville and saw that thing almost every day while driving to school, all I can say is that in all my 48 years I have never understood why this catsup bottle, ketchup bottle, or whatever you want to call it, is such a big deal.

Dani Greer Johnson
Dani Greer Johnson

Ummmm.......not in a million yrs should any sane person allow PETA near this wonderful and iconic landmark. I hope they laughed their asses off while shredding the letter

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Jayson mccuen ! The point is . If your not gay or black ! Your word's fall on deaf ears . Your thought's don't mean crap then ! Just like my outrage of homosexual's using the word marriage ! By the very definition marriage is a man an woman ! An far as the black part of the story ! How is Trevon Martin's name still in the news ? Because a mexican man was protecting himself ? While after that how many white's were killed at the hands of blacks ! An yet there names go silent ! While the black people that did this HATE CRIME !!!! Admitted in court that they wanted to kill a white person ! An not one conviction of a hate crime ! So I say again ! If your NOT black or gay ? What you want doesn't mean crap ! So if that makes me a bigot or this is a hate filled speach ? So be it ! But the truth is right infront of you an the truth ! An I understand calling me a bigot or racist is much easier than coming up with a intelligent thought that would explain these problem's . But in all honest ! Good luck with your ketchup bottle thing ! But just face the facts ! You truly have no say so in today's world .

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Ohhh PETA....go eat a salad! Leave the Catsup people alone. Let Oscar Mayer buy the dang thing so we can all sleep at night..

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Take your unrelated rant elsewhere, Bob Stclair. Not every topic relates to your hang-up about letting people have the same rights as you. Get over it or at least rant about it in comments that are actually about gay marriage. You don't do your "cause" any favors ranting here.

Jayson McCuen
Jayson McCuen

Hey Bob St. Clair!! What the hell did your hypocritical and bigotry filled rant, have to do with saving an iconic part of our beloved Collinsville history? You sir...are a moron and a jackass. I say eff PETA and let Oscar by the bottle

Patrick Scovill
Patrick Scovill

Of course they do. Fuck them, they are irrelevant anyhow.

124567890
124567890

Doesn't peta realize this is just publicity?  The weiner mobile is good.

How f*cked is peta?

Get over it peta (get a life, don't take everything so seriously), Life is Good !

Stay out of Illinois! ! !

 Hang PETA from the bottle?

124567890
124567890

Doesn't peta realize this is just publicity?  The weiner mobile is good.

How f*cked is peta?

Get over it peta (get a life, don't take everything so seriously), Life is Good !

Stay out of Illinois! ! ! !

 Hang PETA from the bottle?

124567890
124567890

@ranelsonjr 

Doesn't peta realize this is just publicity?  The weiner mobile is good.

How f*cked is peta?

Get over it peta (get a life, don't take everything so seriously), Life is Good !

Stay out of Illinois! ! ! !

 Hang PETA from the bottle?

124567890
124567890

Doesn't peta realize this is just publicity?  The weiner mobile is good.

How f*cked is peta?

Get over it peta (get a life, don't take everything so seriously), Life is Good !

Stay out of Illinois! ! ! !

 Hang PETA from the bottle?

124567890
124567890

Doesn't peta realize this is just publicity?  The weiner mobile is good.

How f*cked is peta?

Get over it peta (get a life, don't take everything so seriously), Life is Good !

Stay out of Illinois! ! 

 Hang PETA from the bottle?

124567890
124567890

Doesn't peta realize this is just publicity?  The weiner mobile is good.

How f*cked is peta?

Get over it peta (get a life, don't take everything so seriously), Life is Good !

Stay out of Illinois! ! ! !

 Hang PETA from the bottle?

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