PETA’s ‘Turkey’ Mascot to Give Out Ike’s Vegan Sandwich for Earth Day

For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2021

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Las Vegas – On Earth Day tomorrow, a PETA supporter in a turkey costume will roost outside the Ike’s Love & Sandwiches restaurant on Durango Drive to give away the chain’s new vegan sandwich, the Earth Angel, to passersby. Created by Ike’s for PETA’s “Go Vegan for the Earth” Day campaign, the sandwich consists of a hearty stack of meat-free turkey, dairy-free mozzarella, mushrooms, cabbage slaw, and Ike’s iconic Dirty Secret Sauce on Dutch Crunch bread.

When:    Thursday, April 22, 11:30 a.m.

Where:    Ike’s, 4350 S Durango Dr. (near the intersection with W. Rochelle Avenue), Las Vegas

“Ike’s Earth Angel sandwich is a heavenly way to spare animals’ lives, save water, and slash carbon emissions,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s giveaway will encourage people to be a force of nature for the planet by eating vegan on Earth Day and every other day.”

Animal agriculture drains freshwater supplies; pollutes groundwater, lakes, and rivers; and is the leading cause of ocean dead zones, species extinction, and habitat destruction. By some estimates, it’s responsible for about 14.5% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, which may be more than all the world’s transportation systems combined produce.

It also causes animal suffering on a massive scale. Turkeys are curious, playful birds who, in nature, enjoy socializing, roosting, foraging, and caring for their young. But in the meat industry, they’re dragged through an electrified bath and they’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.

The limited-edition sandwich will be available from at least 60 Ike’s locations across the country for one week, and a portion of the proceeds will support PETA’s work to help animals. More than 50 other restaurants are also participating in PETA’s Earth Day campaign.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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