Texas DMV rejects vegan license plates as too ‘vulgar’

Texas license plates will not be approved if they contain profanity.

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The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles disapproved of a proposed license plate by a Houston resident that they hoped would get people to eat more tofu. The DMV rejected Cathy Cryar’s application for the “LVTOFU” license plate because it contained a “vulgar” phrase, according to Austin station KXAN.

The report comes from a press release from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA. A PETA spokesperson says in a new release that the license plate contained no profanity and the Houston resident was trying to “inspire more people to try tofu.” But the DMV responded by stating that the proposed license plate contained a “common acronym” for a vulgar phrase.

The DMV didn’t say what the acronym is. A quick search in the Urban Dictionary and Google yields protein substitute definitions and other euphemisms. The most commonly used abbreviation was “totally screwed up”.

Under the Texas Administrative Code, the Texas DMV is not required to “take into account the applicant’s subjective intent or claimed value” when considering a license plate application.

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