PETA Pokes Fun at Ted Cruz With ‘Moanin’ Teds’ Chocolates

For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called Oprah’s explanation of white privilege and now PETA’s appeal to stop using derogatory language about animals “bull$#&!”—prompting PETA to reply, “Isn’t it strange that you need to refer to a bull’s bowel movements in a moment of anger? That seems to make our point that it’s time to think about cleaning up your language.” Now, we’re honoring the “BS King” with boxes of “Moanin’ Teds”—vegan dark chocolates featuring a caricature of the senator—available for pre-order here. All proceeds will go toward supporting the distribution of vegan food to needy families, starting in Texas. The Moanin’ Teds come in the same color as the senator’s beloved BS.

“These tasty Moanin’ Teds are perfect for taking away the bad taste that Senator Cruz’s words leave in your mouth,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “PETA thanks him for illustrating how pervasive anti-animal language is in everyday speech—and how we must work to stamp it out.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the horrors inflicted on animals in laboratories and slaughterhouses, on fur farms, in shearing sheds, at roadside zoos and circuses, and elsewhere are rooted in speciesism, the false and harmful idea that other species are inferior and don’t deserve respect. The words we use have the power to create a more just world—or to perpetuate such oppression.

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Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and provides the public with information on these issues. The group does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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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