PETA Bets Turkey Will Sicken More People Than Romaine

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to the outcry over the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce:

Put the blame where it belongs—on the animal poop used as fertilizer for the lettuce, not on the lettuce itself. Dangerous bacteria like E. coli run amok on filthy feedlots where animals are mired in their own feces. With a recall of turkey flesh issued just last week over salmonella concerns, PETA is betting that many more people will get sick from turkey than from salad this year.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” and more information about the bacteria risk associated with eating meat is available here.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

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