Chrissie Hynde to Join PETA Protest Before Concert

Rock Icon Will Urge Downtown Grocery Shoppers to Have a Meat-Free Thanksgiving

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Salt Lake City, Utah – Before her show at The Depot on Monday, rocker Chrissie Hynde will offer up some holiday food for thought outside a downtown grocery store. Accompanied by a PETA member dressed as a giant turkey and standing under a banner that proclaims, “Thanksgiving Is Murder on Turkeys,” the Pretenders lead singer will encourage shoppers to give birds a break this holiday season.

When:   Monday, November 24, 2:30 p.m.

Where:  Harmons Grocery, 135 E. 100 South (near the intersection with State Street), Salt Lake City

“Gathering around an animal corpse is no way to celebrate life and family,” Hynde says. “From Tofurky and Field Roast to the recipes on PETA’s website, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a vegan Thanksgiving meal that gives everyone—including turkeys—something to be thankful for.”

Approximately 300 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. every year—45 million for Thanksgiving dinners alone. Most turkeys are crammed into filthy warehouses and are drugged and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. At slaughterhouses, turkeys are electrocuted and many are still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re plunged into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—offers an array of vegan holiday recipes on its website.

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