For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2023
Brittney Williams 202-483-7382
Edmonton, Alberta – As part of our nationwide “ThanksVegan” campaign, PETA members will give away free festive Gardein stuffed turk’y to passersby on Saturday, a few blocks from a just-raised sky-high appeal that urges everyone to give birds a break by celebrating with a vegan holiday—something that’s easy to do with PETA’s free ThanksVegan Guide.
When: Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m.
Where: Old Strathcona Farmers Market, 10310 83rd Ave. N.W., Edmonton
“More people than ever are choosing to protect birds from suffering by celebrating the holidays with healthy and humane vegan foods,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to put a vegan roast on the table and enjoy a delicious ThanksVegan meal that gives birds something to be thankful for, too.”
PETA’s original news release appears below.
‘She Did Not Consent’ Pro-Turkey ‘ThanksVegan’ Appeal Lands Locally, Courtesy of PETA
Edmonton, Alberta — Ahead of Thanksgiving, PETA has erected towering appeals in Edmonton and Spruce Grove urging everyone to give birds a break and enjoy a delicious “ThanksVegan” feast instead.
“Turkeys are individuals who feel pain and fear, experience joy, value their lives, and don’t want to be carved up and stuffed any more than we do,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging everyone to show a little mercy, keep turkeys off the table, and tuck into savory and satisfying vegan roasts that give everyone something to be thankful for.”
Each year in Canada, about 2.7 million turkeys are killed and sold for Thanksgiving. During their short lives, they’re forced to stand in their own waste and inhale ammonia-laden air inside dark warehouses. The birds are bred to grow so large that their legs break under them. In addition to sparing the lives of nearly 200 animals a year, everyone who goes vegan shrinks their carbon footprint and reduces their risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other ailments.
PETA’s “ThanksVegan” guide is packed with recipes, cooking tips, and everything else needed to enjoy a delicious, turkey-friendly holiday.
The group’s message in Edmonton is located at 10639 82nd Ave. N.W., between 107th Street N.W. and 106th Street. In Spruce Grove, it’s located at the intersection of Highway 16A and Calahoo Road, near Safeway. It will also be posted in London, Ontario.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on the group’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.