‘Turkey Testicle Festival’ Prompts ‘Thanksgiving Is Murder on Turkeys’ Mobile Ad

PETA Billboard Will Circle Parkside Pub's Pre-Thanksgiving Event

For Immediate Release:
November 20, 2018

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Huntley, Ill. – Attendees of Parkside Pub’s annual pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Testicle Festival in Huntley tomorrow are in for an eyeful as they take their gag-worthy mouthfuls: A PETA billboard showing a bloody cleaver about to come down on a turkey’s head will circle the area with the message “Thanksgiving Is Murder on Turkeys. Spare Me the Chop. Choose Vegan Every Holiday.”

The mobile billboard will loop past the Parkside Pub and through downtown areas from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.

“Sensitive young birds who don’t want to die are strung up and slaughtered by the millions for Thanksgiving tables and festival snacks that would make most people gag,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges everyone to have a heart and keep all animal body parts out of their mouths on Thanksgiving and year round.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that at least 44 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. each year for Thanksgiving alone. In nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 25 mph. Turkeys in the wild can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are normally slaughtered at 5 months old. The young birds are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

PETA has placed several other pro-vegan ads across the U.S. in the lead-up to Thanksgiving, including inside the Rapid City Regional Airport in South Dakota and on billboards in Denver, Minneapolis, Boston, Las Vegas, Houston, and Fort Myers, Florida.

PETA offers a free vegan starter kit on its website as well as delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes here, here, and here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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