In Colorado Springs, streetlights have been turned off, cabbies patrol for crime, and trash cans have been removed from parks.

Now a controversial animal-rights group wants to help out the city — and get a little publicity for itself — by purchasing trash cans for city parks that would feature an anti-meat slogan and a woman clad in a lettuce bikini.

Although the city’s been actively exploring sponsorships and partnerships to help keep parks clean and community centersopen, Mayor Lionel Rivera and other city officials are leery about the offer from PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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