‘ThanksVegan’ Plea From PETA to Hit Cracker Barrel Hotspot

For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2021

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Jacksonville, Fla. – After learning that Jacksonville is among the top 10 cities with the most Cracker Barrel locations in the country, PETA is raising a sky-high message near one of the chain’s restaurants—and other local eateries offering Thanksgiving meals to go—asking that everyone “see the individual” behind each turkey dinner and celebrate “ThanksVegan.”

“When people realize that turkeys love their families, feel pain and fear, and value their lives, they’re eager to put a vegan turkey on the table,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA offers recipes, shopping tips, and more so that everyone can enjoy a delicious ThanksVegan meal that leaves gentle birds in peace.”

ThanksVegan meals spare animals immense suffering: Turkeys can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are usually slaughtered when they’re babies—between 12 and 26 weeks old—and a recent PETA exposé of Plainville Farms caught workers kicking, stomping on, and beating turkeys sold by companies with “humanely raised” labels. Even the turkeys “pardoned” by U.S. presidents have ended up living in squalor, something PETA is trying to change.

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.

The billboard is located on J. Turner Butler Boulevard near the intersection with Bentley Road.

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