Thursday, December 04, 2003
PETA billboard with Virgin Mary coming down
Dec 04, 14:23
"(East Providence-AP) -- A billboard sign urging people to go vegetarian that shows the Virgin Mary cradling a chicken carcass is coming down.
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PEE-Tah) paid three-thousand dollars to rent the billboard off Interstate 195 for a month. The sign was put up a week ago.
Some religious leaders have complained it's offensive and the sign has been defaced with spray paint.
The company that owns the billboard says the sign will be taken down over the next few days and P-E-T-A will get part if its payment back.
Robert Murray, co-owner of Massachusetts-based Murray Outdoor Communications, doesn't want the company in the middle of debate over the sign.
Murray says he sees no problem with the sign.
P-E-T-A spokesman Bruce Friedrich said the group is disappointed but plans to put it on billboards in other cities around the country."