‘Santas’ and a ‘Pig’ to Pass Out Vegan Holiday Roasts Outside Philadelphia Holiday Market

PETA Giveaway Will Encourage Everyone to Enjoy Festive Animal-Free Feasts

For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – On Tuesday, a PETA “pig” and activists in Santa hats will pass out free holiday “hams” and Tofurky roasts near the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market to encourage people to opt for healthy and humane vegan meals this holiday season.

When:    Tuesday, December 17, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of 15th and Market streets, Philadelphia

“All animals feel pain and fear, love their babies, and value their own lives,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on caring people to leave turkeys and pigs off the table this holiday season in favor of delicious vegan roasts and other animal-free fare.”

At the slaughterhouse, turkeys are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause them to have full-body tremors. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers. Pigs’ tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—all without pain relief. At the slaughterhouse, they’re hung upside down and bled to death.

Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.

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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