Rise in COVID Cases Prompts PETA Pro-Tofu Ad Blitz

The Soy Solution: An Ounce of Pandemic Prevention for All As We Await a Pound of Cure

For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – As the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida keeps rising, PETA is posting ads on over a dozen local benches encouraging people to choose vegan foods like tofu instead of what comes out of filthy blood-spattered slaughterhouses—COVID-19 hot spots—and factory farms, where animal-borne diseases thrive and workers and their families face infection.

“Tofu never caused a pandemic, which is why PETA touts it as the key to preventing deadly zoonotic diseases as well as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and strokes,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA stands ready to help people make the switch with its free vegan mentors, vegan recipes, tips, and more.”

Not only is tofu cheaper than meat, it’s also packed with protein, contains zero cholesterol, and can help lower one’s risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and numerous other life-threatening health issues. COVID-19 is believed to have originated in a live-animal market in China, where live and dead animals are sold for food. Previous influenza viruses have originated in pigs and chickens—but never in vegan foods like tofu.

PETA offers a variety of delicious tofu-based recipes on its website, such as General Tso’s Tofu and Buffalo Tofu-Scramble Breakfast Tacos.

The ads are located on 15 benches near restaurants and parks in Fort Lauderdale, including at the intersections of W. State Road 84 and S.W. Third Avenue, N. Federal Highway and N.E. 36th Court, and N. Andrews Avenue and W. Sunrise Boulevard.

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.

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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