PETA asks town to change its name

  1. By Associated Press, 4/22/2003 10:34

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) - A national animal rights group has offered Hamburg officials $15,000 to change the town's name to Veggieburg.

    ''The town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties of ground-up dead cows,'' said Joe Haptas, spokesman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), in a letter faxed Monday to Hamburg Supervisor Patrick Hoak.

    PETA offered to supply area schools with $15,000 worth of non-meat patties for the name change.

    ''Our offer is serious as a heart attack,'' Haptas said.

    Hoak immediately declined.

    ''With all due respect, I think it's a delicacy in our community,'' he said about hamburgers. ''We're proud of our name and proud of our heritage.''

    The Buffalo suburb, named Hamburg since 1812, claims to be the birth place of the American culinary staple. Hamburg commemorates the birth of hamburgers at the annual Burgerfest.

    In 1996, PETA proposed that the Hudson Valley town of Fishkill change its centuries-old name to Fishsave, since the group believed the name conjured up violent imagery of dead fish.

    The town was named by Dutch settlers in the early 1600s. ''Kill'' is the Dutch word for ''stream.''
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   itsme
    Those PETA folks are a bit bizzare!
  4. by   jnette
    Shew, I'll say ! Just a tad overboard.
    Hamburg is the name of a wellknown, large city is Germany which was founded looooooooooong before any American city by that name, and has squat to do with the American word "hamburger".

    Many of our towns and cities are named after those in Europe as the settlers from all across Europe chose to name them in this "new land". PETA needs to research the origins of these names rather than attributing any english meaning to them in an attempt to advocate their campaign. :stone
  5. by   AmyLiz
    I personally have a big problem with PETA. I even participated in a counter-demonstration against them when I was in college (they were on campus demonstrating against using lab animals for medical testing).

    I for one do not think of Hamburger, ground up animals or anything else when I hear the name Hamburg. I think of Germany.

    These folks seem to have waaaaay too much time on their hands & enjoy stirring the pot entirely too much. I think they'd get more respect if they weren't so ridiculous in their "demands". They're like a bad Saturday Night Live skit. What's worse is that they're bringing it on themselves.
  6. by   itsme
    Do you suppose any of the PETA folks ever go out on a friday evening for a big juicy prime rib??? They dont know what they are missing!! Suppose they dont drink milk either, gosh that comes from a cow, oh the nerve of those farmers, to make a living off of live animals! (I too have a problem with peta)
  7. by   kimmicoobug

    Oh Brother!!!!!!!
  8. by   JedsMom
    PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals
  9. by   Tilleycs
    I've started referring to them (The PETA people) affectionately as "animal huggers".

    Every attempt to gain attention for their "cause" seems to get more and more outlandish, bizarre, unrealistic (to say the LEAST), and REEKS of desperation. How in the world do the expect to be taken seriously??? They may get people's attention (briefly, before they go on to the next headline while mumbling, "Idiots..."), people I hope they don't think attention equals respect.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Gonna go heat up my steak from the other night and enjoy a good laugh at this latest ridiculous move by a silly organization. Their original intent was good, but they are so far beyong silly now I cannot ever take them seriously again.
  11. by   itsme
    Steak sounds great! I am grilling venison, that my hubby SHOT while HUNTING !! The peta folks will be knocking on my door I bet!! Well, being the hostess with the mostess that I am, I may even offer them some!!
  12. by   itsme
    Oh, one more thought just came to me! If glue and paste are made from horse hoofs (I dont know if this is an old wives tale) but if they are, what do peta parents let there kids use for crafts in school? no glue sticks or paste? Tape just aint the same!
  13. by   nimbex
    okay, I'm from 2 miles from the Hamburg that PETA petitioned.

    It claimes to be the origionator of the hamburger, won't debate here, I just don't know and care.

    but Hamburg NY is a very small beach side, Lake Erie, town, that is unknown. They declined the request due to their claims that the hamburger was origionated at the county fair by a local that ran out of suassage to sell at the county fair

    So Hamburg, my old stomping ground refused to be bought out and re-named "VEGGIE-BURG"

    Last edit by nimbex on Apr 29, '03