PETA Latino’s ‘Thanksgiving Survival Guide’ Helps Vegans Cope With the Family Feast

Group's Free Online Booklet Offers Tips to 'Veganize' Traditional Dishes, Answer Family Members' Questions

For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2013

Allison Lakomski 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – As more Latinos than ever choose to go vegan—that is, to eat only plant-based meals, which are free of meat, eggs, and dairy products—PETA Latino has created a guide for those who are about to face their first Thanksgiving dinner as a vegan. PETA Latino’s Thanksgiving Survival Guide is an online booklet that offers a shopping list and easy recipes for vegan mashed potatoes, green-bean casserole, snickerdoodles, and more. There’s even a section with tips for handling questions from curious (or unsupportive) relatives.

“Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to share healthy, humane vegan dishes—from Tofurky to pumpkin pie—with the whole family,” says PETA Latino coordinator Renée Saldaña. “PETA Latino’s Thanksgiving Survival Guide is a great resource for holiday dining—and has year-round vegan eating covered with a wide selection of recipes inspired by traditional Latin American dishes.”

The Thanksgiving Survival Guide also includes a page explaining how vegan Thanksgiving meals help turkeys, 45 million of whom are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone. It explains that turkeys on factory farms are packed into dark sheds and bred to grow as quickly as possible, and many become crippled under the weight of their massive upper bodies. At the slaughterhouse, they are hung upside down, are electrocuted, and have their throats slit. Fortunately, delicious ready-to-heat vegan entrées—such as those from Tofurky, Field Roast, and Gardein—make celebrating a turkey-free Thanksgiving easier than ever.

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