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Animal activist makes Oklahoma City stop to sign book



Author Dan Mathews makes Oklahoma City stop to promote his book detailing his animal-activist adventures.

Getting pelted with lunch meat while costumed as a root vegetable in Iowa might sounds like an odd dream " or a trip " but for animal-rights activist Dan Mathews, it's all in a day's work.

"I dressed as a carrot to promote vegetarianism in elementary schools, and the city before Oklahoma City was "¦ Des Moines," he said. "These pig farmers actually showed up and gave kids luncheon meat to throw at me."

The senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who ranks the experience as "the most surreal" he's had, is en route to the metro again. He'll be on hand 7 p.m. Friday at Books-A-Million, 2300 W. Memorial, promoting the paperback release of his book "Committed: A Rabble-Rouser's Memoir."

In 15 sections, Mathews details 20-plus years with the organization, including infamous protests and campaigning " heading up PETA's celebrity "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" effort, for one, and getting sent for a mental exam as the result of another on behalf of chickens in Paris. But he also covers with candid humor growing up poor, gay and a punk rocker in Orange County, Calif.

Sometimes that also means stepping into a carrot outfit. Mathews was drawn to the rabbit costume he donned for his memoir's paperback cover because it looks, as he put it, "a little bit demented." Disarming people can be useful " if they think you're slightly off, he said, "the only way to go is up." "Emily Jerman

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