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Martinez - Would you change the name of your town for a veggie burger?

An animal rights group will be on hand at the Contra Costa County supervisors meeting in Martinez this morning to urge that they change the name of the town of Rodeo (row DAY' oh).

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the name recalls the sport of rodeo. They claim rodeo animals are abused and mistreated.

PETA is offering to donate $20,000 worth of veggie burgers to area schools if the name is changed.

They suggested Unity -- to acknowledge Union Oil's key role in the local economy.

The town of 11,000 residents was named for the livestock roundups common in the late 1800s.

Three years ago, PETA asked Wyoming's governor to eliminate the rodeo image that appears on the state's license plates.

Sometimes I want to give myself a big slap on the forehead, and hope that I'll wake up from some silly dream.

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