Flesh-Free Bites! PETA Donates Special ‘Lone Star Tick Cookbook’ to Public Libraries

For Immediate Release:
July 28, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Two studies just released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that thousands more Americans are testing positive for alpha-gal syndrome—which can cause allergic reactions to the ingestion of meat, dairy, or anything else that comes from mammals—after being bitten by the lone star tick, so PETA is unveiling a cookbook to help everyone take a bite out of delicious vegan cuisine.

The Lone Star Tick Cookbook features recipes for people who have never considered themselves anything other than steak- and dairy ice cream–eaters, such as Philly “cheesesteaks,” slow-cooker Texas chili, and vegan sausage, biscuit, and gravy sandwiches, and every one of the tasty dishes is tick bite allergy–proof. To come to the aid of the afflicted—and to encourage everyone to stop feasting on flesh and mammary secretions—PETA is donating copies of the cookbook to libraries in areas with some of the highest number of reported alpha-gal syndrome cases in the country.

“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 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 and greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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

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