PETA Urges Wurstfest Crowd to say ‘Prost’ to Free Vegan Sausages

Students Will Encourage Sausage Festival Attendees to Bite Into a New Tradition: Meat-Free Brats

For Immediate Release:
November 9, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New Braunfels, TexasWhat:    College students from all over Texas—some wearing dirndls or vegan leather lederhosen—will gather in New Braunfels for the 57th annual Wurstfest to hand out free vegan sausages and urge people to trade in their ground-up pig parts for a better brat.

When:    Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m.

Where:    120 Landa St., New Braunfels

“Pork sausage is the wurst for animals, the environment, and our health, but delicious vegan brats are where it’s at,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With vegan versions of everything from sausage to schnitzel, it’s never been easier to raise your stein and say ‘nein‘ to meat.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that animal agriculture accounts for an estimated 14 to 18 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions and the United Nations has concluded that a global shift toward vegan eating is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change. Vegan meals also spare animals immense suffering in the meat industry, where mother pigs are squeezed into narrow metal stalls barely larger than their bodies. Pigs’ tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—all without any painkillers. And at slaughterhouses, they’re hung upside down, often while still conscious, and bled to death.

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