5 Actions to Make Your ‘ThanksVegan’ the Best Part of 2020

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means it’s time to prepare our homes for fall festivities and our stomachs for multiple servings of delicious vegan food. If you’re celebrating this year’s “ThanksVegan” virtually or at a socially distanced dinner table, there are plenty of ways to have your vegan pumpkin pie and eat it, too. Here are five actions to take this ThanksVegan to enjoy the holiday while social distancing!

1. Download and use the PETA Zoom background for all your virtual gatherings.

Since many friends and families are planning socially distanced gatherings over Zoom this year, we’re offering a new free ThanksVegan Zoom background.

ThanksVegan Zoom Background

If you want to remind people to be kind to animals this holiday, simply download the image, click the caret next to the video icon on Zoom, and select “Choose a Virtual Background.” Then, just upload the image and you’ll have a wonderful, animal-friendly conversation starter for your virtual gathering.

2. Shop at stores participating in ThanksVegan.

When you’re shopping for your vegan feast, keep in mind the stores that offer tasty vegan food. Look for meat-free roasts and plenty of side dishes at stores that are participating in ThanksVegan, including Key Food, Gelson’s Markets, Associated Supermarket Group, MOM’s Organic Market, Vallarta Supermarkets and Price Chopper—or Boycemode, MamaSezz, Fresh n’ Lean, and Veestro if you’re looking for a meal delivery option—and Loblaw Companies, including Loblaws, Zehrs Markets, and Atlantic Superstore, in Canada.

3. Order this partition to keep your distance and make sure everyone celebrates ThanksVegan in 2021

Introduce animal rights into your socially-distanced dinner table discussions by ordering PETA’s ThanksVegan partition. It will help keep everyone safely spread apart while stimulating dialogues about how millions of Turkeys are unnecessarily sacrificed each year for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

4. Pick up our Tofu-Scented Candle and Spiced Pumpkin Pie–Scented Candle.

Being vegan is about more than just what’s on your plate, and for this ThanksVegan, we hope people will ring in the festivities with our new Tofu-Scented Candle and Spiced Pumpkin Pie–Scented Candle. Light these up to create a warm, cozy ambiance in your home so that even if you’re celebrating virtually this year, you’ll still feel the holiday spirit.

5. Use the hashtag #ThanksVegan on all your holiday posts.

Snap a picture of your vegan spread and share it online with the hashtag #ThanksVegan so that everyone can see how you celebrate the holidays the vegan way!


Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. The best way to do this is by going vegan, which is better for animals, the planet, and our own health. If you love these ThanksVegan actions and are looking for more animal-friendly tips, download our free ThanksVegan Holiday Guide for delicious holiday recipes, tips, and advice for answering difficult questions at the dinner table!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind