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  • Jan 15, 2013
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and chief designer of space exploration technologies for SpaceX, had a lighthearted umbrage moment with an affront made on him and his space travel company, recently. It wasn't really the request made by animal rights group PETA that SpaceX trips to Mars only offer passengers vegan meals, it was how writer Amy Tennery ended her article with a quick side note: "unless Elon Musk were some kind of benevolent, kale-eating overlord of Mars, how exactly would he enforce this rule?" Musk joked on Twitter: "Also, I am not the kale eating overlord of Mars (altho kale has its moments)." His Twitter followers responded with support, such as cardoso's posting: "Thank you Oh Mighty Emperor of Mars Steaks!"

By now, you may be wondering how this possibly happened. Well, a press representative at PETA had sent The Jane Doe staff an open letter written to SpaceX founder Elon Musk. The well-publicized launch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule last year, and Musk's claim SpaceX would make it to Mars by 2018, got PETA thinking: "The opportunity to colonize Mars means a chance to make a fresh start, especially now that we've degraded our own planet by treating our fellow animals like disposable widgets, filled the air with pollution that will soon make the sky in 'Soylent Green' look clear, and populated the Earth with so many humans that the premise of 'Logan's Run' starts to look practical," the letter said

PETA thinks that serving vegan food to Mars colonists traveling to their new home, and leaving behind decimated planet Earth, means they might very well commit to enjoying an animal-free diet once they've arrived. We'd like to remind PETA about the 1972 film Silent Running, where space traveler Bruce Dern struggles to save the very last living vegetation from a destroyed planet Earth. Even vegan food might not be the easiest to come by in the future.


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      noevfud
      • 1 Year Ago
      $20 traffic driving post.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope we find life on Mars. So we can eat it.
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Frankly I am relieved to hear this. Now I can finally sleep at night.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this somehow related to cars?
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      The newspaper headline: 'Musk does not deny that he is the Overlord of Mars!'
      Ugo Sugo
      • 1 Year Ago
      For some reason PETA folks and vegans do not realize that plants are living organisms too! I am pretty sure that if a plant could speak, it would loudly screams: **ck the vegans! If I can be eaten than a bloody lamb can too!
        otiswild
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        Actually, scientists have claimed that the smell of freshly-cut grass is the equivalent of a scream... http://io9.com/5623112/the-smell-of-freshly+cut-grass-is-actually-a-plant-distress-call
          Actionable Mango
          • 1 Year Ago
          @otiswild
          Finally I can justify not mowing my lawn for months at a time. Science!
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @otiswild
          And did you pay extra for that feature, LTAW?
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @otiswild
          I've always justified not mowing by telling people my lawn is a carbon sink.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's a great idea - if we are starting a new society based on peaceful scientific exploration, such peace should also extended to innocent animals that are needlessly slaughtered for food.
        Carguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        You have a right to your opinion but perhaps look at reading The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith - she does an excellent job explaining why we need to eat animals to survive and why the animals need predators and humans to eat meat for them to survive.
          bajohn3
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Carguy
          Unfortunately animals survived for millions of years before there were significant numbers of humans to eat them, so her premise is complete nonsense. I'm not a vegan, but modern factory meat farming is a disgusting atrocity.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Studies have found that on average the number of animals that die in the production plant-based protein is approximately 25 times the number that die in the production of an equivalent amount of animal protein. So if you don't want any innocent animals needlessly slaughtered in the production of your food, then you'd best stop eating. Or is it only large animals that count, while small animals and the ecosystems destroyed by large scale farming methods don't?
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Both Mars and kale are VAPORWARE!!!
      Not Rappaport
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like kale.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      If God didn't want us to eat animals, he would not have made them out of food.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now we're focusing on twitter posts. With the Detroit Auto Show happening, AB/ABG can't have "a slow news day" as an excuse. This has nothing to do with cars. Next we'll have an article about what pizza Bob Lutz likes to eat. C'mon guys, try a little harder please.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        I agree. There has to be some new car technology or other news. Anyways, we aren't going to be taking animals to Mars anytime soon. The ones that do go will be eaten when dead and all the parts will be used for at least the first few generations. Now I'm distracted by watching this again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auoNE63Vfik
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Very nice video. Dr. Dan O'Bannon. :) He's a science fiction movie writer. He wrote "Alien."
        MTN RANGER
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        I'm guessing that Lutz is a "meat lovers" pizza kind of man.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not actually related to cars.
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