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Animal rights activist advocating vegetarianism in a lettuce gown is briefly held in Jordan

July 28, 2010 |  7:02 pm

PETA's lettuce lady AMMAN, Jordan — An animal rights activist caused a stir in Jordan's capital Sunday by covering herself in lettuce in a quirky attempt to persuade Middle Eastern meat lovers to go vegetarian.

Crowds quickly gathered to gawk at the lettuce lady, but police were not amused.

Officers arrested the Jordanian activist, Amina Tarek, and a colleague from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and held them briefly.

The pair stood in a square along one of Amman's trendiest streets and held a placard reading "Let Vegetarianism Grow on You."

Tarek says she wanted Jordanians "to turn over a new leaf."

Police held them for three hours, saying they had not obtained permission for the protest. The activists say they had approval.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: Tarek wears a full-length lettuce gown in Amman on July 25. Credit: Jamal Nasrallah / European Pressphoto Agency

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