‘Human Carcass’ Display to Butt In With Thanksgiving Message: Go Vegan!

For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2023

Sara Groves 202-483-7382

Des Moines, Iowa – In an unmissable “ThanksVegan” tableau, a naked, “trussed up” PETA supporter will lie next to a “turkey carcass” on a table at a busy intersection downtown on Wednesday to remind passersby that we’re the same in all the ways that matter and encourage everyone to give turkeys a break by opting for a delicious and humane vegan meal this holiday season and beyond.

When:    Wednesday, November 15, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of E. Grand Avenue and E. Fourth Street, Des Moines

© Robert Khafizov/Dreamstime.com

Photo: © Robert Khafizov | Dreamstime.com

“Turkeys are individuals who feel pain and fear, value their lives, and don’t deserve to be slaughtered for supper any more than we do,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s display should give people the shock of realization that they need to opt for a delicious and peaceful ‘ThanksVegan’ feast.”

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

For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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