Bite Me! Lone Star Tick Prompts PETA’s New Vegan Cookbook

For Immediate Release:
May 10, 2022

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Washington – As people in the nation’s capital and across much of the Northeastern U.S. report meat allergies after having been bitten by a lone star tick, PETA is rushing out a brand-new cookbook to save the day—including for legal thriller writer John Grisham, who adopted a meat-free diet after contracting alpha-gal syndrome, which can cause adverse reactions to the ingestion of meat, dairy, or anything else that comes from mammals. PETA’s cookbook, available for preorder here, features vegan sausage biscuits and gravy sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, and slow-cooker Texas chili—and every one of the tasty dishes is tick bite allergy–proof.

“From beef-free stews to pulled BBQ jackfruit, the tasty recipes in PETA’s new cookbook prove that there’s no need to be ticked off by a meat allergy,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “We’re introducing involuntary lone star tick blood donors to delicious vegan meals that will have them enjoying every bite.”

Although animals used for food feel pain and fear, just as humans do, they endure mutilations like debeaking, castration, and dehorning without even a painkiller and are trucked through all weather extremes, sometimes over hundreds of miles, without food or water. At slaughterhouses, workers hang them upside down and cut their throats—sometimes, U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors report, while they’re still conscious. Every person who goes vegan spares the lives of nearly 200 animals each year.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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