Giant ‘Turkey’ to Give Away Vegan Roasts

#ThanksVegan Is Coming: 'Gobble Veggies, Not Turkeys!' Says PETA and UARC

For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2020

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Brooke Rossi 202-483-73821

Salt Lake City – Vegan foods are selling like hotcakes, so Thanksgiving is morphing into “ThanksVegan”—with PETA and Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) teaming up to help Utahans hop on the trend tomorrow, when a giant inflatable “turkey” will mark a free giveaway of dozens of Tofurky-brand delicious vegan roasts.

When:    Thursday, November 19, 12 noon

Where:    51 S. Main St. (at the intersection of South Temple), Salt Lake City

“PETA is eager to help everyone have a delicious ThanksVegan meal that leaves gentle birds off the table,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “When it comes to having feelings, loving their families, and valuing their lives, turkeys are individuals, just as much as humans are.”

More than 46 million turkeys are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone, and most of them are just babies, under 26 weeks old, when they’re hung upside down and dragged through an electrified bath. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.

PETA’s #ThanksVegan campaign also includes pro-turkey “I’m ME, Not MEAT” billboards across the country; its “Grace” TV ad, in which a little girl makes some pointed comments while saying grace at the dinner table; protests outside turkey slaughterhouses, which are COVID-19 hotspots; and partnerships with restaurants and grocery stores to promote animal-free options.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.
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