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Shock: Carnivores Mary Matalin, James Carville join PETA

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The political odd couple of Republican Mary Matalin and Democrat James Carville, who served filet mignon and Thanksgiving turkey at their November 1993 wedding, have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

But it's not what you think. They are not giving up eating furry, feathery and scaly critters. The duo who started dating during the 1992 Bush-Clinton campaign are on a mission to shine a spotlight on animal cruelty in slaughterhouses and factory farms.

"You may be wondering what a meat-eating conservative Republican like me is doing in a PETA video. I'm here because I want animals on farms to be treated in accordance with the law," she says in a new video provided to Secrets.

Her target: lawmakers from seven states where bills, sponsored mostly by GOP leaders, have been introduced to criminalize filming on factory farms. The so-called "ag-gag" bills follow several high-profile cases in which whistleblowers documented gruesome cruelty in agriculture.

"My husband, James, and I may be polar opposites on most political issues, but we're together on this one. We're asking you to vote against these 'ag-gag' bills," says Matalin, who detailed some of the horrors PETA has uncovered including a farm supervisor sexually abusing a pig with a cane.

"Americans of all political persuasions are coming together to demand enforcement of laws for animals used for food -- not just vegans like former President Bill Clinton and lifelong Republican Bob Barker but also meat eaters like James and me," she says. "Please bury this bill in your state."

The timing of the ad was perfect for Matalin, who told us that she remains a "ravenous carnivore, except during Lent."

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