Nude Protester on a Giant Cutting Board to Call for Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

PETA's Provocative Pro-Vegan Holiday Demonstration Will Illustrate That, Human or Bird, We're All the Same

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

London, Ont.What:    How would you feel if a human being were stuffed, roasted, and served for Thanksgiving dinner? That’s a question PETA will be asking passersby in London, Ontario, as a PETA volunteer takes to the streets to lie nude in a trussed-up pose on top of a cutting board beside two giant “turkey carcasses” and a fake meat cleaver. The grisly scene will include a banner that reads, “We Are All the Same. Go Vegan This Thanksgiving.”

When:    Tuesday, October 4, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of Richmond and Dundas streets, London

“All of us have flesh, organs, and feelings, and none of us wants to die violently for someone else’s meal,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on caring people to give turkeys a break this Thanksgiving and make their holiday table a place of compassion for all beings.”

Every year, billions of animals are killed, chopped up, and wrapped in cellophane for the supermarket meat case. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that turkeys are sensitive, intelligent animals who are able to feel pain and who form families and friendships when given the chance. Factory farms deny animals everything that’s natural and important to them, confining them to filthy, cramped cages, stalls, and sheds—where a steady diet of drugs keeps them alive only long enough to be sent to the slaughterhouse.

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