'Let ME Out of Lockdown—GO VEGAN!' Says Chicken on Pandemic Postage Stamp
For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2020
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. –
New pro–chicken liberation PETA postage stamps will soon be circulating the country, giving the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) a little boost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The customized stamps, available for purchase here, show a caged chicken pleading for her freedom. Chickens used for food are always in lockdown because of America’s penchant for chicken pasta, chicken salad, and fried chicken—despite meat’s deleterious effect on human health and the cruel conditions that birds are subjected to in the food industry. PETA will split the proceeds from sales between campaigns to promote vegan chicken and support for the USPS.
“PETA’s special new stamps will feed two birds with one scone,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “They’ll give the USPS a little boost while reminding people that the best thing we can do for ourselves and other animals is to go vegan.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that the COVID-19 pandemic originated in a meat market and that previous influenza viruses originated in chickens and pigs.
In addition to helping prevent potential pandemics, everyone who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals each year. Chickens used for food are packed beak to beak in filthy warehouses before being trucked in all weather conditions to slaughterhouses. Once there, their throats are cut, often while still conscious, and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.