They call themselves the “Lettuce Ladies” because the bikinis these buxom gals are almost wearing are made of lettuce leaves.
After trying everything else, from bullying to name-calling to “meat shaming,” PETA has begun dispatching missionaries to the Third World to promote veganism. The message has been custom-tailored to the temperament of the locale. In 2014, an activist clad in a green hijab tried to persuade the residents of India to go vegan for Eid — an effort that touched off a riot and earned the volunteer a black eye.
The conception of having near-naked women parade down the streets of Havana is a little harder to grasp, though for those not above objectifying the fairer sex (or calling them the fairer sex, for that matter), it offers a measure of entertainment.
There’s just one problem with trying to sell Cubans on the merits of a meat-, dairy-, and egg-free lifestyle. And that’s that they don’t have a lot of vegetables to go vegan with.
Food production in general is a struggle in their communist country – and greens like, say, lettuce can be scarce and expensive. A report by Cuba’s public health ministry a few years ago found Cubans eat vegetables only three days a week.