Tofu Giveaway Will Offer Reality Check Amid National ‘Meat Shortage’

PETA Billboard Points Out That Tofu Never Caused a Pandemic

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Wearing masks emblazoned with the message “Meat Markets Are Breeding Grounds for Disease—Go Vegan” and observing social-distancing protocols, a group of PETA supporters will pass out free boxes of tofu outside the Fareway grocery store on 16th Avenue on Thursday. The protest will be held across from a new PETA billboard that just went up urging people to choose versatile vegan foods like tofu instead of paying for what comes out of offal-, waste-, and blood-splattered slaughterhouses and factory farms, where animal-borne diseases thrive.

When:    Thursday, May 21, 12 noon

Where:    Outside Fareway, 4220 16th Ave. S.W. (near the intersection with Wiley Boulevard S.W.), Cedar Rapids

“With hundreds of thousands dead from a pandemic linked to eating animals, the national ‘meat shortage’ is cause for celebration, not complaint,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Tasty vegan foods like tofu are the key to preventing deadly zoonotic diseases, and PETA stands ready to help people make the switch with our free vegan mentors, vegan recipes, tips, and more.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—wants the U.S. “meat shortage” solved not by the reopening of slaughterhouses like the Waterloo Tyson Foods pig plant, where more than 1,000 workers contracted COVID-19, but by many individual decisions to go vegan. The group offers a variety of delicious tofu-based recipes on its website, such as General Tso’s Tofu and Buffalo Tofu-Scramble Breakfast Tacos.

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