PETA Asks Famous Toms to Pardon Tom Turkey This Thanksgiving

Group Sends Holiday 'Gobble Vegetables, Not Turkeys' Appeal, Plus a Basket of Delicious Vegan Food

For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2020

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – PETA has sent letters to seven famous Toms (including Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Tom Bergeron) asking them to pardon Tom—turkey, that is—and celebrate “ThanksVegan” this year.

“Pardon us, Tom, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we need to talk turkey,” the letters begin. “Considering all that we’ve been through this year, just about everyone recognizes that it’s time to make a significant change for human health, the environment, and animals.”

The letters go on to explain how vegan feasts save millions of baby turkeys from being slaughtered, combat climate change, fight world hunger, and prevent future pandemics. To help the Toms make the switch, PETA is sending them a basket packed with delicious vegan turkey roast, stuffing, gravy, carrot cake cookies, and more.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, visit PETA.org.

PETA’s letter to Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Tom Brady, Tom Bergeron, Tom Selleck, Tomi Lahren, and Tommy Lee Jones follows.

Pardon us, Tom …

… but Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we need to talk turkey. Considering all that we’ve been through this year, just about everyone recognizes that it’s time to make a significant change for human health, the environment, and animals.

The deadly novel coronavirus is linked to raising and killing animals for food, as are many past major diseases. Think of swine flu, bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and so on. In fact, 60% of known infectious diseases in humans are transmitted from other animals. Ugh! No one wants that on their plate.

Like microwaving leftovers, eating animals warms things up dramatically. Cutting out meat and dairy cold turkey is the single most significant action that individuals can take to reduce their impact on the environment.

Thanksgiving is about being grateful and giving back. Leaving animals off your plate spares them a lifetime of suffering and a violent end. And eating vegan combats world hunger. There’s not enough land on Earth to raise the animals needed to feed everyone the average American diet, and about 70% of the grain grown in the U.S. already goes to feed livestock.

It’s high time that we got back to the basics: plants. We’re asking you to help lead the way. Please pardon Tom for Thanksgiving by leaving dead turkeys out of your holiday plans, and instead gobble vegetables and other healthful, plant-based vegan foods. We’re here to help—we’ll be sending you a delectable “ThanksVegan” basket to kick-start your feast.

If for no other reason, do it for Tom (below). About 46 million turkeys—all babies—are killed for Thanksgiving. Like the true account of the Pilgrims’ treatment of the Native people in the New World, Thanksgiving isn’t a celebration—it’s a slaughter. Let’s change that. Let’s make compassion a tradition this year.

Gratefully yours,

Rachel Stotts

Celebrity Relations Manager

PETA

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