Paintings by … Chickens? Unique Gifts Sent to Ariana Grande, Jessica Chastain, Cory Booker

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2014

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What do you get Ariana Grande, Jessica Chastain, and Sen. Cory Booker for the holidays? To PETA, the answer was obvious—name three rescued chickens in the vegan celebrities’ honor and send each person a painting created by the chicken named for him or her! A photo of the chickens and their paintings, which will be mailed out in the coming days, is available here, and I thought you might be interested in sharing this quirky holiday item with your readers.

“Ariana, Jessica, and Cory are making the world a better place for chickens and other animals every time they sit down to eat, so art created by chickens saved from suffering in egg industry cages seemed like the perfect holiday gift,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA encourages everyone to extend some comfort and joy to chickens for the holidays and every day by choosing healthy, humane vegan meals.”

Animal Place, an organization that promotes veganism and runs sanctuaries in California, rescued these and more than 90 other chickens from egg farms earlier this month. The animals celebrated their new-found freedom at an adoption event hosted by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—and were recently placed in adoptive homes, where they will embark on their new lives as beloved family companions.

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