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Ship Channel animal fat spill: a metaphor for the arteries of people who eat meat and dairy?

The Houston Ship Channel animal fat spill last week was an accident waiting to be skewered, and who better to administer the jab than the activist group that last month tried to persuade Houston television stations to air an anti-McDonald’s commercial depicting a corpse clutching a cheeseburger?

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Monday sent a letter to Jacob Stern & Sons, whose ruptured tank dumped massive amounts of fat at the end of the waterway, offering to donate 100 pitchforks for the clean-up effort if the agriculture company would place an advertisement on the storage tank that reads “Clean Up Your Arteries. Go Vegan.”

“Just as the 15,000 gallons of beef fat have shut down this major waterway, animal fat in our diets clogs our arteries, increasing the risk of heart attacks and stroke,” wrote Susan Levin, the group’s director of nutrition education.

The letter was the third recent cheeky attempt by the committee, less than 5 percent of whose members are physicians, and its ally, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to promote their pro-vegan, pro-animal rights agenda in Houston. Besides the committee’s “I was lovin’ it” parody of McDonald’s, PETA in October told the Texas Heart Institute it would throw it a veggie burger/veggie dog cookout if the research center would display on its walls PETA’s poster of a buxom nurse touting the health benefits of a vegan diet.

The three pitches had one other glaring thing in common: They were all rejected.

Of course, the pitchfork offer might have had a better chance of succeeding had it not been made on the very day that the Coast Guard finished cleaning up the 250,000 pounds of fat that fouled the waterway. Traffic was moving on the Ship Channel today, the Coast Guard said.

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