by Andrew Crisp
Clad in pink and red underwear, Hayley Ray and Joseph Vendome bedded down in the middle of Boise today, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of meat-free diets for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Ray, 22, and Vendome, 29, lay kissing on an inflatable bed, covered with Valentine's-themed sheets, set up at the corner of Eighth and Idaho streets as part of a statement to say "vegans make better lovers."
"These are our brave volunteers who have chosen to speak up for animals in this way. Our little bit of street theater is meant to bring people over to talk about this," said Matt Bruce, PETA campaigner and spokesman for the couple.
While the couple declined several questions, Bruce said Vendome is originally from Reno, Nev., and works as a writer, while Ray works a waitress and hails from Houston, Texas. Bruce said Boise was the trio's last stop in a four-city tour.
"We do it every year the week of Valentine's Day," said Bruce. "This one is showing how vegans are better lovers by exhibiting how much energy and stamina they have."
Bruce claimed that vegetarian (no meat) and vegan (no animal products or meat) diets can both lead to healthier living. He also claimed studies have shown eating meat can cause impotence in men and infertility in women—another reason for the day's bed-in event.
Vendome and Ray remained on the sidewalk through the lunch hour, while Bruce gave onlookers copies of PETA's Go Vegetarian, Go Vegan starter kit. Next, they head to their last stop in Portland, Ore., for a similar event Thursday, Feb. 14.