Could PETA be any wackier...? -------------------------------------------- Goodbye Slaughterville, Hello Veggieville? Feb 17, 11:07 am ET DALLAS (Reuters) - A vegetarian group wants an Oklahoma town named after a family that helped settle the state to change its name to Veggieville because they think its sounds a lot better than Slaughterville. The city council of Slaughterville, Oklahoma, a town of about 3,000 in the center of the state, was due to discuss next week the proposal by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA is even offering $20,000 worth of veggie burgers to an area school if the name change goes through. But town manager Marsha Blair said on Friday the chances of passage were slim to none. "We do not intend to change the name," she told Reuters. Bruce Friedrich, PETA's campaign manager, said the organization is focusing its resources on the abuse and cruelty of animals that are killed for the food and clothing industries in slaughterhouses. "Even if the people of Slaughterville are not looking at the cruelty to farmed animals as an issue, it is a fact that anyone, including the residents of Slaughterville, who is eating meat, is supporting the felony level of abuse of animals," he said. Slaughterville was named after a family that helped settle the area in the 19th century. The family ran a dry goods store and blacksmith shop.