New PETA Ads Urge: ‘Be More Like Trump’

Ad Blitz Encourages Everyone to Pardon a Turkey This Thanksgiving

For Immediate Release:
November 7, 2019

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

New York – Walk around Midtown this month and you may see a timely holiday message from PETA that could surprise you: “Just This Once … Be More Like Trump.” The bipartisan plea—to pardon turkeys by keeping them off the Thanksgiving table—is now on display near Trump properties in Manhattan ahead of the holiday.

“Turkeys have no in interest in politics, but like the rest of us, they’re interested in staying alive. PETA thanks everyone who chooses a vegan meal this Thanksgiving for saving a beautiful bird,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Let’s raise a toast to turkeys, good health, and happiness for all.”

At least 45 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. each year for Thanksgiving. In nature, these animals are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can roost in trees and run as fast as 25 mph. Turkeys in the wild can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are normally slaughtered at 5 months old. The young birds are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—also placed the ad, along with the hashtag #PETATrumpsThanksgiving, on 25,000 coasters to be given out in high-traffic bars in Washington, D.C.

The New York City ads are all located within 1.5 miles of Trump Tower, the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, and Trump Plaza.

PETA offers a free vegan starter kit and tips for enjoying a turkey-free, vegan Thanksgiving on its website. For more information, please visit

Note: PETA supports animal rights and opposes all forms of animal exploitation and educates the public on those issues. PETA does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign in support of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind