This is insane, but only proves the strong and ignorant anti-vegetarian movement in this country. There is nothing in this commercial that is any worse than all of the alcohol and lingerie commercials that have aired on TV over the years. America is afraid of the truth... there is no such thing as caring about the environment and regularly eating meat.
Before we get to the story and commercial itself... here are some facts...
- Animals raised for food produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire U.S. population.
- More than 70 percent of the grain and cereals that we grow in this country are fed to farmed animals. It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of meat, and even fish on fish farms must be fed 5 pounds of wild-caught fish to produce one pound of farmed fish flesh.
- The world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth.19 About 20 percent of the world's population, or 1.4 billion people, could be fed with the grain and soybeans fed to U.S. cattle alone.
- Of all the agricultural land in the U.S., nearly 80 percent is used in some way to raise animals—that's roughly half of the total land mass of the U.S.10 More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals.
- More than one-third of all fossil fuels produced in the United States are used to raise animals for food.
- It takes 5,000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only requires 25 gallons. You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.
Now on to the story...
NBC had so much trouble selling its Super Bowl ad inventory that it's going to run house ads from its parent company, GE, and Hulu, its Web video joint venture with News Corp.
But apparently, NBC is not desperate enough to run the below-embedded ad from PETA. NBC told the animal-rights activist organization "depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards."