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Birds Rescued From Live-Animal Markets Will Be Guests of Honor at a 'ThanksVegan' Feast

For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Malverne, N.Y. – Two newly rescued turkeys will be the center of attention rather than the centerpieces at PETA’s special pre-“ThanksVegan” feast tomorrow, when they’ll gobble fresh fruits and veggies before moving to their new permanent sanctuary homes—just in time for the holiday. All media in attendance will receive a free Tofurky roast to take home as part of PETA’s #ThanksVegan campaign.

When:    Thursday, November 19, 12 noon

Where:    97 Lexington Ave. (near Rolling Street), Malverne

PETA and a member of Brooklyn-Queens Animal Save rescued the birds from New York City live-animal markets, and they’re now in foster care at Long Island Orchestrating for Nature.

“These turkeys will spend the rest of their lives socializing and exploring in a lush sanctuary, while millions of others will meet the chopping block,” says PETA’s John Di Leonardo. “PETA stands ready to help with vegan recipes, tips, facts about the wonders of turkeys, and even mentors to help anyone who would like to save a turkey by choosing a ThanksVegan meal.”

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. At slaughterhouses, workers cut their throats, often while they’re still conscious, and at live-animal markets, they’re stacked on top of each other in excrement-covered cages—conditions that allow pathogens like the novel coronavirus to spread to humans.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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