Apr 3, 2010 9:22 AM by Associated Press
Colorado Springs has sold its police helicopters and launched an adopt-a-streelight program to help stretch its budget - but is balking at anti-meat ads on trash cans to restore trash service to parks.
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals offered to buy advertising space on trash cans in neighborhood parks. The city removed trash cans from 140 neighborhood parks earlier this year to cut costs.
City officials have turned down PETA's offer to help the city restore the trash service because of the group's proposed ads. The ad featured a blonde woman in a lettuce bikini and the slogan, "Meat Trashes the Planet. Go Vegan. PETA."
The city says the message wasn't "rated for general audiences."