Sunday, December 7, 2008

PETA’s letter to Tim Mahaffy, Fox River Grove Middle School Principal

Tim Mahaffy, Principal
Fox River Grove Middle School
One page via fax: 847-516-9169

Dear Mr. Mahaffy,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 1.6 million members and supporters, I'm writing to express concern over the recent disciplinary actions taken against Dave Warwak, an art teacher at your school. According to news reports, Mr. Warwak was disciplined for informing children about the cruelty of the meat industry and the enormous health benefits of going vegetarian.

It's a sad day when a teacher is punished for telling students the truth: that by going vegetarian they will dramatically improve their health while saving animals from cruelty so extreme it would warrant felony-level cruelty charges in the state of Illinois if the victims were dogs and cats, rather than chickens, pigs, and cows. In a time of growing violence in schools, a teacher who is bringing a message of compassion should be applauded, not punished. Students in every school should have teachers like Mr. Warwak to tell them that the "chicken nuggets" they consume in the cafeteria were once living, breathing animals who were crammed into filthy sheds and pumped full of drugs before having their throats slit while still conscious.

Mr. Warwak was also apparently distributing copies of John Robbins' book "The Food Revolution", which documents not just the cruelty of the meat industry, but also the environmental and health benefits of a vegetarian diet. In these days of skyrocketing childhood obesity, hopefully Mr. Warwak's students will take this health message to heart: according to the American Dietetic Association, a vegan diet is appropriate for all ages and vegans have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity than meat-eaters.

If you agree to allow Mr. Warwak continue to discuss these important issues, PETA would be happy to donate "Compassion Care Packages" to every one of his students. These packages will include a copy of "The Food Revolution", a DVD of "Meet Your Meat" (a factory farm exposé viewable at, and a free Vegetarian Starter Kit (downloadable at

Please let me know of your decision. Thank you for your consideration.

Bruce Friedrich
Vice President PETA

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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Mr Warwak for having scrupples which is a lot more than those charlatens who are trying to gag you have.
    Children are being scammed left, right and centre by the meat and dairy lobby. They deserve the truth not marketing and they deserve the right to choose for themselves.