PETA Asks The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles To Eat Vegan-Only Pizza And We’re Concerned That They Aren’t Aware It’s A Cartoon

If Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo could pipe in for this one, they'd probably say FML.

While an understandable request for the organization, the hilarity of the letter cannot go ignored. Since Nickelodeon is going a different route with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals thought it would be a good opportunity for the cartoon turtles to add “vegan diet” to their list of changes.

The animal rights organization wrote a super over the top letter to the network president and filled it with TMNT lingo, which is so much more cringeworthy in retrospect since Nickelodeon did not get on board with a totally vegan show and PETA has subsequently waged a campaign against the network. The whole thing begs the question: PETA, aren’t there about a trillion other important animal related battles you should be fighting instead of going after cartoon turtles eating pizza?


To be fair, they do back up their request with some pretty solid facts, stating in their letter that veganism is more popular now with Generation Z than it ever was with millenials, and that college campuses even offer more vegan options now than ever before. Cowabunga!

"Check this out: Generation Z already scarfs down 57 percent more tofu and chugs 550 percent more nondairy milk than millennials do. Meanwhile, 70 percent of U.S. college campuses offer daily vegan options—that’s an awesome 42 percent jump from just four years ago—and one in five even have an all-vegan dining station. Twenty-six percent of all consumers say that they’ve cut back on eating meat in the last 12 months, and 58 percent of adults drink nondairy milk." 

So why not hop on board, Nickelodeon?

Possibly because it’s a cartoon about crime fighting turtles made for children. And though according to The Daily Wire, Nickelodeon is making an effort to make this TMNT Reboot more politically correct than ever before, they’ve clearly got bigger fish to fry. (Sorry for the pun, PETA.)

By Nadine / Monday 5 February 2018 17:00 /
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By  PhoenixChick  |  26

On the plus side, the time and energy spent on this stupid campaign was not spent on euthanizing animals and supporting groups that firebomb research labs, so that's good.

By  PhoenixChick  |  26

On the plus side, the time and energy spent on this stupid campaign was not spent on euthanizing animals and supporting groups that firebomb research labs, so that's good.

  Donut_Wizard  |  23

I don’t think you realize just how bad it really is. I was a pizza chef for a while. Had a few special requests with vegan cheese. It smells like ass and is made primarily of oil.

  LtCmdrData  |  11

Yes, it was the "cheese" in particular that made me want to puke. I went because my visiting friend was vegan and he had to, at times, eat scanty because there just weren't vegan options where we traveled. Fortunately my wife planned ahead and brought stuff for him. Anyway, vegan restaurant. The fake pork tacos were good, though. I ate 1 piece of pizza, took it in a to-go box to be polite, and threw the rest away.

By  Mynxie  |  26

And a vegan lifestyle is why you have beta males everywhere. It is made of soy milk, which declines the production of testosterone in men, hence the term soy boy.

  sixtus1973  |  27

The connection between soy milk and testosterone is not as Mynxie claims. However, males falling for a pseudo religion like veganism often are mentally weak and easy to manipulate as long as they think their choice is something special. They also tend to fall for other stupid lifestyles and –isms like feminism, which definitely makes them beta males. And yes, lifestyles like feminism are diseases.

By  RichardPencil  |  30

Why doesn’t PETA protest the egregious exploitation of turtles?

Surely, the turtles aren’t getting paid to make the producers rich. Animals can’t spend money, so they must be unpaid talent!

Turtles should be free!

  0neiros  |  13

I own a turtle (Guess that makes me a slavemaster right?) His favorite things to eat are Strawberries, worms/mealworms and TUNA, and God help you if you get in the way of him and a KFC Chicken tender for his birthday. Now shut up you hippie.

  RichardPencil  |  30

You’re not making the turtle work for you, are you?

Are you making millions off of forced performances from your turtle while not paying him? I don’t think so.

You stupid, illiterate Trumptard, I never mentioned anything about the vegetarianism. Sloppy, lazy reading is the key to Trump’s rise on the backs of the stupid.

Watching a cartoon turtle eat meat is mildly gross, akin to watching a cartoon cow eat meat. Turtles are herbivores.
They're already teenage mutant ninjas, that's enough modifiers already without adding a craving for flesh.

By  Yudith  |  20

Maybe, maybe, it's simply a good idea because turtles don't eat meat! It would be fun to see Splinters trying to get the four ninjas to eat food that's actually eaten in Asia, and Nickelodeon invent good vegetarian pizzas, not the usual green pepper-mushrooms-olives combo. I would love to see pizzerias come up with pizzas with white sauce, broccoli and cauliflower, for example, and call it TMNT pizza.

  WeirdUS  |  29

Considering Splinter is Japanese it would make more sense if their diet consisted mostly food from Japan or at least other Asian countries. Plus kids are more culturally aware now. Not like when 4 kids called rice balls with seaweed "donuts".


Splinter might be Japanese, but the Turtles are NYC born and raised. You don't really think that he'd force them to follow his culture, and abandon the one they're surrounded by, do you?

By  PoorPhoneNinja  |  8

Wow PETA, worried about fake turtles eating pizza on tv , but not the thousands of animals in shelter or damn near extinct Bengal tigers. anyways I'm PETA. People for Eating The Animals lol

By  Taurus_ChicKa  |  36

As an avid TMNT fan, I must speak for both the turtles and myself - I do not approve. I'm all for protecting animals and I despise anyone who hurts them, but PETA is the definition of hypocrisy.