For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2020
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Charleston, S.C. – How would you feel if a human being were stuffed, roasted, and served for Thanksgiving dinner? That’s the question PETA will ask on Thursday, when a nearly nude volunteer will lie in a “trussed-up” pose on a cutting board beside two giant “turkey carcasses.” The action is part of PETA’s “ThanksVegan” campaign—a nationwide push for people to celebrate with a vegan feast.
When: Thursday, November 19, 12 noon
Where: At the intersection of Market and Meeting streets, Charleston
“PETA is offering recipes, tips, and even vegan mentors to help everyone have a delicious ThanksVegan meal that gives gentle birds a break,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Turkeys are individuals with feelings who love their families and value their lives, 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—less than 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 posted 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.