Monday, November 23, 2009

Vegan Jackpot


Yes, I know I wrote about vegans yesterday, but this one is just too good to pass up.

Connecticut is home to the two biggest casinos in the world, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, both operated by Indian tribes. In spite of offering the only legal slot machines and table games in New England, Foxwoods is in deep doo-doo. The recession combined with crushing debt are punishing the casino's revenues so severely it recently missed a bond payment.

The good folks at PETA have a solution: a vegan slot machine. The animal rights organization wants to pay for ads on Foxwoods slot machines that read, 'Don't Gamble on Your Health - Go Vegan!'

I know you would lose your money just as fast at a vegan slot machine as one advertising prime rib, but this just seems wrong, like alcohol-less beer or fat free mozzarella. Casinos are about indulging your inner vice, so an ad appealing for perceived virtue and clean living seems as out of place as a vegan at a pig roast.

I can't imagine PETA converting anyone. One-armed bandit fans seem unlikely to trade their bacon cheeseburgers for humus wrapped in kelp.

But stranger things have happened. Maybe Foxwoods will agree and instead of two cherries, a pair of kashis will pay off.

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