On Dr. Seuss’ birthday today and following Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ decision to revise the author’s previously unpublished sketches to make them more inclusive, PETA has sent a letter to the company’s CEO and president, Susan Brandt, asking for Green Eggs and Ham to be revised, too—to make it vegan-friendly.
PETA notes that changing the book’s title to Tofu Scram and Vegan Sham Ham would make the story inclusive for the many families who don’t eat meat, eggs, and dairy over concerns for animals, their own health, or the environment or for religious reasons.
“In Dr. Seuss’ words, ‘a person’s a person, no matter how small,’ and that includes the pigs killed for ham and the hens crammed into filthy sheds for eggs,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “In 2023, any dish can be made vegan, and PETA is eager to see Tofu Scram and Vegan Sham Ham teach today’s young readers that it’s easy to choose compassion, whether we’re eating here, there, or anywhere.”
March 2 celebrates National Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but did you know there’s a Cleveland connection to one of the most beloved authors?
However, you won’t find it in one of his books… anymore.
When Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote The Lorax in 1971, he penned a jab of Lake Erie in the book that chronicles the plight of the environment and the titular character who confronts it.
While it may or may not have served as the direct inspiration for the line, the book was first published just two years after the infamous Cuyahoga River fire of 1969.
Years later, two graduate students from the Ohio Sea Grant Education Program thought these improvements were drastic enough for Lake Erie to deserve to have the line changed in The Lorax too.
Claudia Melear and Margie Pless a letter to Dr. Seuss on Dec. 6, 1986, with a request for the text to be changed along with an invitation to the Lake Erie Symposium as part of the National Marine Educators Association meeting in Cleveland.
As soon as he got the letter, Dr. Seuss himself responded to the students with the news they hoped to hear.
Teacher Ann Edwards said reading is a great tool for growth in the classroom and it is a huge part of a child’s time at St. James. “Teaching first grade brought a whole new light of reading to the students. Because they come in, can barely… they’re just getting the rhyming words and they’re barely getting words out. And all of a sudden, they become these readers and I watch their love for reading.”
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