For Immediate Release:
October 11, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Bridgeville, Del. – Ahead of the Apple Scrapple Festival on Friday and Saturday, PETA has plastered 10 local buses with a can’t-miss plea encouraging everyone to recognize pigs as thinking, feeling individuals and to keep their plates clear of scrapple—a congealed gray loaf often made with main-cut castoffs like snouts, tails, and other fleshy parts of pigs. The vegan messaging blitz comes as Bridgeville-based RAPA Scrapple continues to produce the largest amount of scrapple worldwide.
“Every time someone chooses oatmeal, fruit salad, vegan sausage, or tofu scramble instead of scrapple and other pig parts, they prevent a gentle, playful pig from feeling pain,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA encourages Delawareans to enjoy foods that save lives—perhaps, given the fat and cholesterol in meat, even their own!”
Nearly all of the 121 million pigs killed for food in the U.S. each year—including for scrapple—are confined to filthy enclosures so small they can barely turn around. Workers chop off piglets’ tails, cut their teeth with pliers, and castrate the males—all without pain relief. At the slaughterhouse, workers hang pigs upside down, sometimes while they’re still conscious, and bleed them to death. Each person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals every year; reduces their own risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and obesity; and dramatically shrinks their carbon footprint.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that many pig-friendly options are available today, such as Sweet Earth’s Benevolent Bacon, Tofurky’s Ham Style Roast, and Gardein’s Breakfast Saus’ge.