Thousands of Thanksgiving 'Persuasion Pledges' Prompt Hefty Food Donation
For Immediate Release:
December 4, 2018
Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382
Tucson, Ariz. – After thousands of people took PETA’s vegan “persuasion pledge” over Thanksgiving, the group is keeping its promise and sending about 200 pounds of dry beans and 200 pounds of rice, plus heaps of fresh fruits and vegetables—enough food for around 100 people—to Border Action Network, a Tucson-based nonprofit organization that assists and advocates for immigrants and border communities in southern Arizona.
“Thanks to everyone who kept turkeys off the table this year, gentle birds were spared the slaughterhouse knife and many families in need won’t be going hungry over the holidays,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is thrilled to supply nutritious vegan food to a deserving organization and hopefully inspire the recipients to ditch meat and dairy ‘products’ while we’re at it!”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that every kind person who promoted vegan meals this Thanksgiving helped prevent sensitive turkeys from being hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath at slaughterhouses. And each person who’s been inspired to go vegan will save nearly 200 animals every year from enduring daily suffering and a terrifying, bloody death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries.
Those who took the persuasion pledge committed to helping their friends, family, colleagues, and others try vegan by taking vegan dishes to a holiday gathering—or by hosting their own animal-free feast—and posting a photo of their meal to social media using the hashtag #VeganThanksgiving.