Jack-o’-PETA? Pumpkin Stencils Put Animal Rights on the Porch

For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2019

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – With Halloween on the horizon and pumpkin-carving parties brewing, PETA’s new, one-of-a-kind animal rights–themed jack-o’-lantern stencils, are free and available for downloading and printing here. The fun designs come in a variety of anti-meat and -fur messages, including the words “Meat Sucks” around a set of vampire teeth, a gravestone emblazoned with “RIP Meat,” and the word “Fur” inside the “No” symbol.

“Halloween spookiness doesn’t hold a candle to the horrors of slaughterhouses and fur farms, where blood, terror, and death are everyday occurrences,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA’s stencils give caring ghouls and goblins pumpkin to talk about—and that’s showing compassion for animals on Halloween and every other day of the year.”

Life is no treat for the millions of animals killed in the fur trade every year, many of whom are confined to cramped, filthy cages before being drowned, beaten to death, strangled, or electrocuted. Animals raised for their flesh endure a terrifying trip in all weather extremes to the slaughterhouse, where they may be shot with captive-bolt guns or scalded to death in defeathering tanks or their throats may be slit.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about the animal agriculture and fur industries can be found here and here, and additional details about PETA’s pumpkin stencils are available here.

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