For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Minneapolis – Because Minnesota is the country’s top turkey-producing state—and because Stearns County kills more of the gentle birds than any other county—PETA is placing sky-high messages across the Twin Cities asking that everyone “see the individual” behind each turkey dinner and go vegan. To help kick off a bird-friendly “ThanksVegan,” the group will also hand out free Tofurky feasts to shoppers on Tuesday.
When: Tuesday, November 16, 12 noon
Where: Outside Target Plaza South, 900 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
“When people realize that turkeys love their families, feel pain and fear, and value their lives, they’re eager to put a Tofurky on the table,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA offers recipes, shopping tips, and more so that everyone can enjoy a delicious ThanksVegan meal that leaves gentle birds in peace.”
Turkeys can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are usually slaughtered when they’re between 12 and 26 weeks old—and millions are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone. The young birds are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath, and they’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks. Instead, shoppers can find delicious vegan roasts at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Sprouts, and Whole Foods and restaurants from coast to coast are highlighting their #ThanksVegan menus.
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.
PETA’s billboards are up at these locations:
- 615 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul
- 401 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul
- 1610 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul
- 488 St. Peter St., St. Paul
- 725 MN-51, St. Paul
- 541 County Rd. 49, St. Paul
- 871 County Rd. 49, St. Paul
- 1038 Randolph Ave., St. Paul
- 520 Robert St. N., St. Paul
- 3757 Crosstown Service Rd., Minneapolis
- 259 MN-5, St. Paul