There is a new demand from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles be placed on a strict vegan diet in the upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series later this year.
In a letter sent to Nikelodeon earlier today, the animal rights organization brought up the growing popularity of non-dairy products and how it would serve better to have the fictional heroes from our childhood chew on vegan pizzas instead.
Putting vegan pizza on the Fab Four’s plates is sure to inspire fans to try it themselves, and that would be great news for cows. The dairy industry isn’t kind to these gentle, intelligent beings—they often spend their lives standing on concrete floors, separated from their babies and tethered to machines until their milk production wanes. Their misery ends at the slaughterhouse.
According to Lisa Lange, senior vice president of PETA, vegan pizzas are popular as well as healthier. They are also “far kinder to animals” and something that the “heroes in a half shell” would definitely support.
Unfortunately, the request arrives a bit late because the cable network is already set to debut the reboot series later this year. It is unlikely for Nikelodeon to be going back to each of the 26 episodes at this point and altering them in accordance with the vegan demand.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was announced back in March and will reimagine the iconic characters as well as the lore. Raphael will now fill in as the leader and Leonardo as the “self-professed coolest brother” instead of Michelangelo. Baron Draxum will be the new villain, voiced by John Cena. The first episode is scheduled to air in September 2018.