For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2023
Brittney Williams 202-483-7382
Spruce Grove, Alberta – Ahead of Thanksgiving, PETA has erected a towering appeal near a local Safeway store urging everyone to give birds a break and enjoy a delicious “ThanksVegan” feast instead.
“Turkeys are individuals who feel pain and fear, experience joy, value their lives, and don’t want to be carved up and stuffed any more than we do,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging everyone to show a little mercy, keep turkeys off the table, and tuck into savory and satisfying vegan roasts that give everyone something to be thankful for.”
Each year in Canada, about 2.7 million turkeys are killed and sold for Thanksgiving. During their short lives, they’re forced to stand in their own waste and inhale ammonia-laden air inside dark warehouses. The birds are bred to grow so large that their legs break under them. In addition to sparing the lives of nearly 200 animals a year, everyone who goes vegan shrinks their carbon footprint and reduces their risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other ailments.
PETA’s “ThanksVegan” guide is packed with recipes, cooking tips, and everything else needed to enjoy a delicious, turkey-friendly holiday.
The group’s message is located at the intersection of Highway 16A and Calahoo Road. It will also appear in Edmonton and in London, Ontario.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on the group’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.