Free Turkeys … From PETA?

Aha—They're Vegan! Group Will Pass Out Tofurky Roasts for 'ThanksVegan' Holiday Celebration

For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Hamilton, Ont. – As vegan foods are selling like hotcakes, Thanksgiving is set to become “ThanksVegan”—and PETA is riding the momentum with a Tofurky roast giveaway at Jackson Square tomorrow, complete with a huge inflatable turkey urging shoppers to “Gobble Veggies, Not Turkeys.” The giveaway is part of PETA’s new national campaign, which encourages everyone to toast to life, give turkeys a break, and celebrate the holiday with a delicious vegan feast.

When:    Thursday, October 8, 5 p.m.

Where:    Jackson Square, 2 King St. W. (at the intersection with James Street N.), Hamilton

“When it comes to having feelings, loving their babies, and valuing their lives, turkeys are individuals just like us,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is treating people to tasty meat-free roasts to inspire them to keep gentle birds off the table and enjoy ThanksVegan.”

Turkeys are caring parents and spirited explorers who can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are normally slaughtered when they’re between 12 and 26 weeks old—and millions are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone. The young birds are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath, and they’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—is planning to hold other Tofurky giveaways in Toronto and other cities in the lead-up to ThanksVegan.

Where:           Jackson Square, 2 King St. W. (at the intersection with James Street N.), Hamilton

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