Can’t afford your Detroit water bill?
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, will pay the delinquent bills of 10 Detroiters who face the prospect of water shutoffs if they pledge to stop eating meat for a month.
“Anyone who tries a rich, varied, and tasty vegan diet stops contributing to the immensely wasteful use of water in meat and dairy farming,” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said. “Vegan meals are also a cost-effective way to help prevent health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, the last thing that someone who is struggling financially needs to deal with.”
The offer comes after the city has shut off 17,000 households for overdue water bills since March. Nearly 90,000 customers owe roughly $91 million.
The massive shutoffs have led to protests, arrests, admonishment from Mayor Mike Duggan and an appeal to the United Nations, prompting Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to call for a 15-day suspension of shutoffs.
A donor site, DetroitWaterProject.org, also sprang up so donors can help pay delinquent bills of customers facing shutoffs.
Interested in the PETA plan? Send a copy of your delinquent bill and a pledge to go vegan for a month to PETA Attn: Detroit Water, 501 Front St., Norfolk, Va. 23510.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.