Ford hasn't the appetite for Lettuce Ladies

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford does his best to avoid eye contact with PETA demonstrators Katy Ring (left)...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford does his best to avoid eye contact with PETA demonstrators Katy Ring (left) and Emily Lavender at City Hall, April 16, 2012. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:52 PM ET

TORONTO - The Lettuce Ladies tossed themselves into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s weigh-in Monday.

Just as Ford stepped on the scale outside his office for his weekly Cut the Waist challenge weigh-in, the lettuce bikini-clad PETA protesters climbed over the velvet rope and tried to present the mayor with a basket of vegan treats.

Ford ignored the nearly naked activists as he answered a few questions on his weight-loss battle. George Christopoulos, Ford’s secretary, tried to act as a human barrier between Ford and the vegans.

The mayor weighed in at 312 lbs., up from 311 lbs. two weeks ago.

“It’s a challenge,” Ford said on his fight to cut his own waist.

Asked if the lettuce ladies would sway him to adopt a vegan diet, Ford gave a blunt “no.”

As Ford went back in his office, the ladies tried to get someone to accept the basket of several vegan products including tofurky. Christopoulos accepted the food and thanked the women.

The Lettuce Ladies - whose lettuce swimwear was a mix of collard leaves - then climbed on Ford’s scale and posed for pictures.

A few minutes after the mayoral weigh-in, Councillor Doug Ford stepped on the scale. He weighed in at 249 pounds.

Ford took some time to talk to the protesters.

“I’ve been waiting to meet the lettuce ladies,” he said.

The Etobicoke councillor listened to the protesters and their recommendations on vegan restaurants in Toronto.

Ford worked for a meat packing company for four years when he was in school but says he rarely eats red meat. But he doubted he’ll be adopting a full vegan diet anytime soon.

“I support the industry. I think everyone should have a big steak once in a while,” Ford said.

Lettuce Lady Emily Lavender said they were a little disappointed about the mayor’s brush off.

“He could have encouraged others to go vegan,” she said.


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