Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt clapped back against animal rights activists by holding a burger cookout Wednesday evening near a pro-vegan PETA billboard that criticized him for supporting the meat industry.
The animal rights group put up the Oklahoma City billboard near the Capitol, calling out Stitt for declaring the week of March 22 “Meat All Week” throughout the state to encourage Oklahomans to feast on meat and poultry.
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The PETA billboard calls Stitt a “meathead” and urges passersby to “Go Vegan for Life.”
PETA billboard in Oklahoma City. Courtesy of Governor Kevin Stitt/Twitter
The Republican governor responded by tweeting a picture of the billboard, saying: “Looks like a great spot to grill some burgers.”
Stitt followed through and hosted a cookout Wednesday evening to grill up burgers, hotdogs and steak underneath the pro-vegan billboard. Pictures show the governor wearing a “Beef” apron as he manned the grill and talked up support for farmers and ranchers.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) hosts a meat cookout beneath a pro-vegan billboard criticizing him on May 12, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (Stitt’s office)
The idea of an Oklahoma meat week in March was a jab at Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’s meat-free day on March 20 to encourage residents to opt for an eco- and animal-friendly alternative.
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