‘Trussed-Up’ PETA Protester to Promote a Turkey-Free Holiday

For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Savannah, Ga. – How would you feel if a human being were stuffed, roasted, and served for Thanksgiving dinner? That’s the question PETA will ask on Wednesday, when a nearly nude volunteer will lie in a “trussed-up” pose on an oversized cutting board beside two giant “turkey carcasses.” The action is part of PETA’s “ThanksVegan” campaign—a nationwide push for everyone to give turkeys a break by celebrating with a vegan feast.

When:    Wednesday, November 18, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of Bull and E. Broughton streets, Savannah

“PETA is eager to help everyone have a delicious ThanksVegan meal that leaves gentle birds off the table,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “When it comes to having feelings, loving their families, and valuing their lives, turkeys are individuals, just as much as humans are.”

More than 46 million turkeys are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone, and most of them are just babies, under 26 weeks old, when they’re hung upside down and dragged through an electrified bath. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.

PETA’s #ThanksVegan campaign also includes pro-turkey billboards placed across the country; its “Grace” TV ad, in which a little girl makes some pointed comments while saying grace at the dinner table; protests outside turkey slaughterhouses, which are COVID-19 hotspots; and partnerships with restaurants and grocery stores to promote animal-free options.

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 TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind