03/14/2012 11:01 am ET Updated May 14, 2012

Trenton Toilet Paper Crisis Caused By Budget Battle Averted

March 14 (Reuters) - The great toilet paper crisis in New Jersey's capital city is over.

Police, firefighters and other Trenton city workers down to their last sheets as the result of a City Council budget battle were rescued late Tuesday by animal rights advocates who offered six months of free rolls printed with a message about filthy slaughterhouses and the resulting fecal matter found in meat.

New rolls of paper were expected to begin arriving in city offices and facilities on Wednesday, thanks to the donation from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and an emergency appropriation of $16,000 by the City Council.

All city facilities would have run out of toilet paper by week's end without the stop-gap measure, said city spokeswoman Lauren Ira.

Already, the men's rooms at police headquarters were bare and fire stations, senior centers, recreation facilities and City Hall itself were down to almost nothing after spending for new toilet paper was stalled in debate three times since it came up for a vote in November.

PETA's offer of a free six-month supply came with the condition that each sheet would read, "Slaughterhouses are so filthy that more than half of all meat is contaminated with fecal bacteria."

Mayor Tony Mack was happy with the offer, calling the toilet paper crisis a "fundamental issue in our community." (Reporting by Dave Warner; Editing By Barbara Goldberg and Paul Thomasch)