For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2017
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Recently, “Octomom” Natalie (formerly Nadya) Suleman marked her octuplets’ eighth birthday with an all-vegan celebration that included dairy-free pizza and chocolate cake. To thank Suleman—whose 14 children are all reportedly vegan—for raising her kids to be compassionate, PETA is sending her a care package that includes PETA T-shirts for both her and her kids, a gift basket loaded with vegan snacks, and a birthday card. We are also making the children honorary members of our youth outreach program, PETAKids.
This isn’t the first time that we have contacted Suleman. Seven years ago, we presented her with $5,000 and a month’s supply of veggie burgers and vegan hotdogs, and in exchange, she allowed us to erect a sign in her front yard promoting spaying and neutering that said, “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an ‘Octomom.’ Always Spay or Neuter.”
“By recognizing that animals are friends, not food, the Suleman kids show that kind choices count,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA thanks the Sulemans for showing that really big families can have a really big heart by going vegan.”
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”.