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PETA Employees Donate Holiday Bonuses to Laid-Off AT&T Workers

Written by PETA | December 11, 2008
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Have you heard the story about How the Grinch Stole Christmas From AT&T Employees? Sadly, it’s true. AT&T recently announced that it will lay off 12,000 workers—roughly 4 percent of its workforce—as we move into 2009. Yikes, that’s rough.

So, to make the holidays a little brighter for these employees and their families, PETA staff members decided to pitch in and spread a little cheer. We (the PETA employees) have decided to donate our annual holiday bonus—a delicious, mouth-watering, lick-your-plate-when-you’re-done, cruelty-free Tofurky roast—to help these former employees maintain a sense of normalcy through a wonderful holiday with their families.

There are 283 Tofurky roasts up for grabs, and any laid-off AT&T employee who is reading this blog can e-mail us here to claim one (deadline for this offer is December 30, 2008). We’ve also sent this letter to the CEO of AT&T Inc. asking him to notify all laid-off employees of our offer. So, ya better get clickin’ before they’re gone!

In these troubling times, everyone knows that it’s important to think of those less fortunate than ourselves—including turkeys. What most people don’t know is that turkeys love to have their feathers stroked—but only time most turkeys experience any human touch is when somebody painfully plucks their feathers. They also enjoy flute music, but that’s a story for another day.

The Grinch may still be mean, but holiday memories and meals can be jolly.

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Scarlet says:

    Canaduck you beat me to it! ATT does sponsor the rodeo. That’s why I have sprint. So in that case I’m not sure whether this is good or bad. Although I don’t think even employees of ATT know about the sponsorship.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Great idea generous PETA staffers! I’m sure the recipients will enjoy their Tofurkys.

  • M Thomas says:

    If you worked for ATT and were just laid off I have some great opportunities in the Northeast United States. You can forward your resume over to I am legit Matt T

  • David says:

    12000 layoffs just in time for the holidays good one! It seems there just isn’t enough cruelty to go around these days.

  • roxanne says:

    I want another tofurky . it is so delicious. so sad about all these layoffs mostly due to corporate greed and lack of ethics which is the same cause of animal cruelty.

  • Robert says:

    Unfortunately ATT sponsors cruel rodeos. I dropped my service with them completely.

  • Canaduck says:

    Stacey if these people enjoy the Tofurky roasts and get a better impression of animal activists and vegan food then the animals ARE getting something. Great idea PETA.

  • stacey says:

    great gesture yes but the donation should have gone to an animal cause. laid off workers get government help like unemployment. what do animals get?

  • Carla says:

    What a wonderful gesture!!

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