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

PETA's Provocative Pro-Vegan Holiday Demonstration Will Ask Americans to Put Themselves in a Turkey's Place

For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2015

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Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

How would you feel if a human being were stuffed, roasted, and served for Thanksgiving dinner? That’s a question PETA will be asking Pittsburgh residents as a PETA volunteer takes to the streets to lie nude in a “trussed-up” pose beside two giant “turkey carcasses” on top of a cutting board. The scene will include a banner that reads, “Put Yourself in Their Place. Go Vegan This Thanksgiving.”

Where:           The north corner of Sixth Avenue and Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh

When:             Wednesday, November 18, 12 p.m.

“All animals have flesh, organs, and feelings and don’t want 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 have their bodies chopped up, labeled, 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, smart animals who can 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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