Written by Michelle Kretzer
peta2 turned Los Angeles'
101 highway into the freeway of love for turkeys. A group of precocious pilgrims and one tenacious turkey asked rush-hour drivers to bury
Show turkeys some love this
Thanksgiving. Drop the pedal and go, go, go get yourself a delicious Tofurky roast.
Written by Jeff Mackey
After learning that the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County in
Connecticut had put out an
urgent call for Thanksgiving food donations following Hurricane Sandy, PETA has sent the hunger-relief organization 20 delicious vegan Tofurky roasts.
Vegan Food: The Taste
PETA's donation should make the season brighter (and
healthier) for the region's hungry
as well as for animals. PETA also hopes the Tofurky will offer food for thought, showing that compassion
knows no species barriers.
More than 250 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. every year—45 million for Thanksgiving dinners alone. Yet turkeys
are sensitive, smart,
social, and resourceful birds, who deserve to be treated as living beings, not centerpieces.
Tofurky and other vegan faux turkey provide great alternatives, savory taste, and plentiful protein, with none of
the cruelty or cholesterol that comes from eating real birds.
What You Can Do
Delicious, healthy vegan foods offer both hungry humans and
exploited animals reason to give thanks. Enjoy fine vegan holiday dining with
PETA's free recipes.
Thanksgiving is hell for turkeys. To
make sure as many folks get this message as possible, here are three of our
best holiday ads. Pick your favorite and share with friends to let them know
why they should give turkeys a reason to be thankful, too:
"Would You Eat Your Dog?"
animals—something to be thankful for this holiday season by celebrating with a vegan feast.
Have a run-in with the wrong people in Chicago and you could be dead meat. But have a run-in with the right people in Chicago and you could be free of dead meat. Miss Chicago, Marisa Buchheit, is helping people in her city stop commissioning mob hits on turkeys by hosting a pre-Thanksgiving vegan dinner to show off the best of Chi-Town's turkey-free fare.
© Jimmy Fishbein
Chicagoans were invited to meet the vegan beauty and sample the vegan bounty at the famous Chicago Diner. Marisa, who went vegan at age 12 to stop contributing to animal suffering, presented veggie turkey roast with country gravy, pumpkin ravioli, "beefy" Wellington, herb stuffing, holiday sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans amandine, and dairy-free pumpkin-chocolate cheesecake. "I'm all about the amazing vegan food this city has to offer, and I think people are inspired by the fact that there is a pageant girl who likes to eat—delicious vegan food, at that," she said.
It's easy to whip up a meat-free Thanksgiving meal at home, but for people who would rather spend their holiday lounging than cooking, The Chicago Diner has an offer they can't refuse: The entire spread is available for carryout.
And turkeys are hoping people gobble up the diner's veggie turkey roast because even a turkey who messed with Al Capone wouldn't have gotten it as bad as the ones killed in today's slaughterhouses. Workers hang the turkeys upside down by slamming their often broken legs into shackles and then drag the birds through an electric water bath that immobilizes but doesn't kill them. Many of the birds dodge the tank and are still conscious when their throats are slashed. And if they're still alive when they reach the feather-removal tank, they are scalded to death in hot water.
It's time for Chicagoans—and everyone else—to send their meat habit the way of Jimmy Hoffa and indulge in a delicious turkey-free meal this Thanksgiving.
We all know that dead bodies should be
buried, not eaten. So PETA is making Thanksgiving tables a little more relevant
this year. We're offering teens these miniature tombstones to stick into the
plucked turkey on the table:
If adults think tombstones are too macabre
a sight for Thanksgiving, kids can tell them that what's really disturbing is
that the decaying corpse in the middle of the table was once a gentle, smart bird until someone filling
an order for a holiday meal shackled the bird upside down and slit his or her throat.
Thanks to honest young people armed with
the facts, maybe next year people will give turkeys something to be thankful
Young people can
request their free turkey
tombstones from peta2.
you know folks who eat turkey breasts? What about terrier breasts?
new billboard that PETA is working to place near public schools in Ottawa;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, asks children to consider why
they call one animal "family" and another "dinner":
Turkey: ©iStockphoto.com/James Steidl | Dog: ©iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselee
dogs, turkeys are highly curious and
love to scout out new sights and smells. And like dogs, turkeys are highly
social animals who enjoy the company of humans and even like to have their feathers stroked. They are also devoted
parents, and in nature, chicks stay with their mothers for a full year.
on factory farms, turkeys spend nearly their entire lives crammed into
stinking, windowless sheds. The only human touch they experience is when
workers chop off parts of
their beaks and toes and the males' snoods without any pain
relief. Turkey eggs are hatched in an incubator, and the chicks never see their
mothers. They are less than a year old when they are shipped to the slaughterhouse, where workers slam
their legs into shackles and drag them through a "stunning tank" that
immobilizes but doesn't kill them and a blade slits their throats.
Thanksgiving approaches, please repost the image of this poignant billboard and
ask your friends this: If you wouldn't pay someone to torment and kill your dog,
why pay people to torment and kill a turkey?
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Ask anyone on the PETA
staff and they can tell you about lots of people—even hard-nosed, stalwart,
meat-eating relatives—who've seen one little video clip and changed their minds
about turkeys. Help everyone opt for that delicious Tofurky
instead of a slice of contaminated dead turkey by cuing up one of our funny
little PETA Thanksgiving public service announcements (PSAs) to provide helpful
insight into why a cruelty-free
is the way to go.
If you're looking
for something a little longer to watch while you digest that last slice of pumpkin
pie, check out the PBS special "My Life as a Turkey."
which tells the story of a man who "mothered" 16 abandoned turkey
Philadelphia and Baltimore
may be a little safer after PETA members worked tirelessly to get baby-killers
off the streets—the killers of
baby turkeys, that is.
baby doll bedecked with frills served as the centerpiece for this eerie
Thanksgiving dinner, making the point that farmers drug and breed turkeys to grow so fast
that most are only months old
when they are slammed upside down into metal shackles, only to have their throats slit. (What kind
of job is that? But who pays someone to do it? The consumer!)
as we hear out there, ever more people are turning to a meal that celebrates
life and spares a turkey, not "pardons" one. After all, what crime
could a baby have committed?
Written by PETA
years ago, when I interned at a sanctuary for farmed animals, I'd sit in the barn, and a turkey named Fern
would back up into my lap and demand to be petted. When I'd stop, she'd look
over her shoulder imploringly as if to say, "More, please." I always
think of Fern at this time of year, when supermarket bins are filled with the frozen bodies of her relatives. If people got a chance to know these interesting and personable
birds, I believe they'd balk at baking and eating their wings, legs, and
Turkeys on farmed-animal
sanctuaries quickly prove themselves to be intelligent and industrious as well
as outgoing at times and shy at other times, much like human children. Sitting
in the barn, the birds' distinct
personalities were immediately clear. Some,
bold and hilarious, would walk right up and look me square in the eye as if to
challenge my right to invade their space. Others, like a coy debutante, would
peer over their shoulders, aloof but not wanting to miss anything exciting.
Many, like Fern, would purr when petted.
This Thanksgiving, please take a moment to reflect: Can the
fleeting pleasure of a meal justify the immeasurable pain and suffering of a
bird who didn't want to die? Give turkeys like Fern a reason to purr. Stuff
yourself with mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and other vegan goodies
and leave the birds alone.
by Jennifer O'Connor
You know what they
say: The key to a man's heart is through his … stomach. Our sexy pilgrims, who
are touring New England this week, can attest to that and more. Obviously, they
attract a crowd, largely because of the delicious, free Tofurkys
they're handing out. In fact, the Tofurkys flew
off the table—with men and women gobbling them up—within 20 minutes in Bangor,
The pilgrims also gave out PETA's free vegetarian/vegan starter kits
and told passersby that every year in the U.S., 40 million gentle, inquisitive turkeys
are killed for Thanksgiving dinners alone.
In nature, turkeys are protective and loving
parents as well as fast, cunning runners who are able to outwit their pursuers.
But the turkey industry
crams the birds into windowless warehouses and genetically manipulates them to
grow so large that their legs are often unable to withstand the birds' weight.
Countless birds slowly starve to death within inches of food after they become
crippled and are unable to move.
PETA's sexy pilgrims will be docking in New Haven
today and Providence tomorrow. Even if you aren't lucky enough to grab a
Tofurky from these lovely ladies, you can get tips on serving up a cruelty-free feast
at our "Living"
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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