Say ‘Vegan Cheese!’ PETA to Crash The Wedge Festival With Cruelty-Free Flavor

For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

Portland, Ore. – Attendees at Saturday’s cheese festival, The Wedge, will get a tasty treat before they even enter the main event—PETA supporters will hand out free Babybel Plant-Based cheese snacks and remind people that loving cheese and being kind to cows can go hand in hand.

When:    Saturday, September 30, 12 noon

Where:    100 S.E. Alder St. (near the intersection of S.E. Second Avenue and S.E. Morrison Street), Portland

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PETA supporters at a previous vegan cheese giveaway. Photos: PETA

“Cows love their calves and produce milk to nourish them, not so humans can enjoy a fleeting bite of brie,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges cheese lovers to be kind to cows by ditching dairy and indulging in the many delicious cashew, almond, and other plant-based milks and cheeses available.”

In the dairy industry, calves are torn away from their mothers within a day of birth so that the milk meant for them can be stolen and sold to humans. PETA’s investigations into dairy facilities have found workers electroshocking cows in the face, hitting them with poles and a cane, and abusing them in other ways. Once their bodies wear out from repeated pregnancies, they’re sent to slaughter.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—offers free vegan starter kits to help anyone make the switch.

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