Hear Ye! Hear Ye! A Vegan Renaissance Is Needed at the Fair

'Ye Can Live Without Yon Turkey Leg,' Bird Proclaims on PETA Billboard

For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Waynesville, Ohio – Hark! With the Ohio Renaissance Festival set to mark its 30th anniversary this weekend, PETA has placed a can’t-miss billboard near the fairgrounds that shows a turkey’s face next to the words “Ye Can Live Without Yon Turkey Leg. I Cannot. Go Vegan Forthwith!

“PETA’s billboard is calling on the lords, ladies, and gentlepeople of the Ohio Renaissance Festival to get with the times and go vegan forthwith,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Saving animals and protecting the Earth and your arteries is as easy as forsaking ye old turkey leg in favor of tasty fare such as falafel, hummus, and corn on the cob.”

While in the old days, turkeys—like those in nature—could live as long as 10 years, those raised for food today are slaughtered when they’re only 5 months old. The young birds are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause them to have full-body tremors. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—offers a free vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips, and more (available here).

The billboard is located on State Route 73, just west of the entrance to I-71. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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