PETA Tells Kids, ‘Let Everyone Be With Their Family This Thanksgiving’

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Children are born with a natural empathy for animals. So this Thanksgiving, PETA is heading to four U.S. cities with some of the highest populations of kids under age 14 and reminding them that animals love their families, too, and want to be together. We’re working to place this billboard in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City:


Just like humans, mother turkeys are fiercely protective of their babies. And also just like humans, turkey families often come together to share meals. But before they end up on human tabletops, mother turkeys on factory farms are crammed into ammonia-filled sheds by the tens of thousands, mutilated without painkillers, and slammed upside down into shackles. Many are still conscious when their throats are slit and they are dunked into scalding-hot water meant to remove their feathers.

Our hope is that children who care about animals won’t want to see them be separated from their families just to suffer and die in order to become a centerpiece and will ask their parents to roast a tasty stuffed Tofurky this Thanksgiving and give turkey families something to be thankful for, too.

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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