PORTLAND, Ore. (KCAU) – Animal rights organization PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sends Sioux City native Shelby Houlihan a pig-free gift basket after being banned from participating in professional competitions for four years. running, the group said.
In Thursday’s statement, PETA said the gift basket includes Herbivorous Butcher vegan Cuban pork, cured meat, pork rinds, chorizo and al pastor.
“Steroids are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to toxins that might be lurking in a pork burrito,” said Lisa Lange, senior vice president of PETA. “PETA hopes Shelby’s experience serves as a wake-up call for everyone – the safest meal is a vegan meal.”
Houlihan, originally from Sioux City and Olympian announced on June 14 on social networks platforms that she was banned from competing for four years after she said she failed a drug test and tested positive for a steroid called Nandrolone.
After writing a food diary around the time of the December 2020 drug test, Houlihan said the most likely explanation for the positive test was a burrito with pork offal about 10 hours before the test. She said meat can produce a false positive because pigs can produce high levels of nandrolone. She then informed the Athletics Integrity Unit. On June 11, 2021, they emailed him, saying they did not accept his explanation. She denies taking performance enhancing drugs and said she will continue to fight to prove her innocence.
Hours after PETA was released, USA Track and Field said Houlihan would be allowed to compete in the Olympic preliminaries while all appeals she files are on hold. She is on the start list for Friday’s 5,000 prelims.