PETA Uses Reagan in Push for Veggie Diet

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - An animal activist group is evoking the memory of former President Ronald Reagan in its push for a vegetarian diet.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is planning to use Reagan in its billboard campaign, with the tagline, "Win One for the Gipper: Go Vegetarian. Animal Fats Double Your Risk of Alzheimer's."

The ad will be unveiled across from the White House on Tuesday. The PETA ads claim that numerous studies show that meat increases your risk of developing Alzheimer's, while plant foods, including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, help prevent the disease.

"We are still hoping to receive Mrs. Reagan's support for the campaign, which stands to spare countless families the horrors of Azheimer's," said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.

"A famous face can focus badly needed attention on diseases - not only on the hope for a cure one day, but also on preventing them right now. The surest way to fight Azheimer's is with your fork - by going vegetarian," she added.

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