PETA’s Giant ‘Turkey’ to Give Away Vegan Roasts

#ThanksVegan Is Coming: 'Gobble Veggies, Not Turkeys!' Says Group

For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Huntington Beach, Calif. – Vegan foods are selling like hotcakes, so Thanksgiving is morphing into “ThanksVegan”—and PETA will help Surf City hop on the trend tomorrow, when a giant costumed “turkey” will lead a giveaway of dozens of Tofurky-brand vegan roasts and coupons, plus samples of delicious vegan turkey and gravy from local eatery Ahimsa Vegan Cafe.

When:    Friday, November 20, 12 noon

Where:    The intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach

“PETA is eager to help everyone have a delicious ThanksVegan meal that leaves gentle birds off the table,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “When it comes to having feelings, loving their families, and valuing their lives, turkeys are individuals, just as much as humans are.”

More than 46 million turkeys are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone, and most of them are just babies, under 26 weeks old, when they’re hung upside down and dragged through an electrified bath. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.

PETA’s #ThanksVegan campaign also includes pro-turkey “I’m ME, Not MEAT” billboards across the country; its “Grace” TV ad, in which a little girl makes some pointed comments while saying grace at the dinner table; protests outside turkey slaughterhouses, which are COVID-19 hotspots; and partnerships with restaurants and grocery stores to promote animal-free options.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.
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