PETA’s Pro-Turkey Messaging Blitz to Bring ‘Human Carcass’ Display Downtown

For Immediate Release:
November 14, 2023

Sara Groves 202-483-7382

Minneapolis – In time for Thanksgiving and in the country’s top turkey-producing state, a naked, “trussed up” PETA supporter will lie next to a “turkey carcass” on a table at a busy downtown intersection on Thursday to remind passersby that we’re the same in all the ways that matter. The action—along with a pro-turkey appeal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport—is part of PETA’s “ThanksVegan” campaign to encourage everyone to enjoy a vegan holiday.

When:    Thursday, November 16, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of Nicollet Mall and S. Ninth Street, Minneapolis

“Turkeys are individuals who feel pain and fear, value their lives, and don’t deserve to be slaughtered for supper any more than we do,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s display should give people the shock of realization that they need to opt for a delicious and peaceful ‘ThanksVegan’ feast.”

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

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