This is somewhat related to the thread about city name changes. I'm quoting the entire article from the Buffalo News, because articles are kept online for only a few days.
Rename town? $15,000 bid would dub it Veggieburg
By MARY PASCIAK
News Southtowns Bureau
A national animal rights group is offering schools in Hamburg $15,000 in nonmeat patties if the town changes its name to Veggieburg.
A spokesman from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that the offer is a bit tongue-in-cheek but that the group is ready to put its money where its mouth is.
"I hope they get a little chuckle about it, and then I hope they think about it," said Joe Haptas, a campaign coordinator for PETA. "Our offer is serious as a heart attack."
Monday, Haptas faxed Hamburg Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak a letter outlining the offer, noting that "the town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties of ground-up dead cows."
Upon hearing that description, Hoak - who comes from a family of restaurateurs - paused briefly, then responded diplomatically.
"With all due respect, I think it's a delicacy in our community," the supervisor said.
Hoak said that he appreciated the offer of veggieburgers for schoolchildren but that he was not racing off to order a new town letterhead to make that possible.
"In Western New York and in the Town of Hamburg, we're proud of our name and proud of our heritage," he said. "We're not going to easily give up that name."
The Buffalo suburb, which has been named Hamburg since 1812, has for more than 100 years claimed to be the birthplace of that American culinary cornerstone.
Local lore has it that brothers Charles and Frank Menches ran out of pork sausage at the 1885 Erie County Fair. So the Ohio men bought some beef, ground it up, tossed in some brown sugar and coffee, and - voila - the hamburger was born.
Each year, thousands of people flock to Hamburg to celebrate Burgerfest, commemorating the birth of a food that's synonymous throughout the world - for better or for worse - with American cuisine.
While Hoak notes the pride that Hamburg residents take in their claim to American history, Haptas points not only to the suffering of the animals who are slaughtered to make the meat, but to what he says are adverse health effects for people who eat burgers.
Two in three people in the United States are overweight, he said, and that is due in large part to the millions of hamburgers consumed each year. Haptas ticks off a list of ailments he connects to eating hamburgers: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes.
"On average, vegetarians live seven years longer," he said.
"When people choose veggieburgers over hamburgers, it's a win-win. They're dramatically healthier for people, and animals don't have to be killed."