Lions Missing Thanksgiving Feast to Get Catered Meal From PETA?

For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Detroit – As the Lions gear up for a Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Chicago Bears when most Americans are sitting down for a holiday feast with family, PETA is offering to tackle their hunger by catering delicious vegan meals for both teams. The offer, sent to General Manager Brad Holmes as part of PETA’s nationwide “ThanksVegan” campaign—which advocates for holiday celebrations including only animal-friendly foods—would feature a full spread from a local restaurant like Chive Kitchen or Detroit Vegan Soul and include portobello steaks with red wine demi-glace, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing, truffle mac and cheese, and pumpkin spice cake.

“These players may have to miss dinner with their families this holiday, but Thanksgiving can still be a win with a decadent spread that’s kind to everyone,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA hopes the Lions will score a touchdown for turkeys by gobbling up our offer of a delicious ThanksVegan meal packed with muscle-building protein to help them bounce back after the big game.”

The group will also be handing out free vegan roasts on Wednesday at 12 noon outside the Whole Foods at 115 Mack Ave. to help shoppers have a compassionate holiday and will be donating an additional 50 vegan roasts to the St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center to be distributed to those in need.

Turkeys can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are usually slaughtered when they’re babies—between 12 and 26 weeks old. A recent PETA exposé caught workers kicking, stomping on, and beating turkeys sold by companies with “humanely raised” labels, and even the turkeys “pardoned” by U.S. presidents have ended up living in squalor. Going vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year, and vegan athletes report a boost in energy and quicker recovery, as Cam Newton, Justin Fields, and many others can attest.

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 Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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