With Baby Turkeys in Jeopardy, Mayim Bialik Launches ‘ThanksVegan’

For Immediate Release:
November 22, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los AngelesBig Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik is taking on a new role as a turkey defender in a new PETA video by offering fans some food for thought as part of PETA’s nationwide “ThanksVegan” campaign, which encourages everyone to give turkeys a break this holiday.

“Did you know that the turkey who ends up in the middle of the Thanksgiving table is actually still a baby?” Bialik asks in the video. “You see, in nature, turkey moms spend up to five months raising their growing chicks and risking their lives to protect them from predators—but the meat industry slaughters turkeys when they’re as young as 12 weeks old.”

She goes on to ask viewers to “consider giving these bird families something to be extra-thankful for and join me in celebrating ThanksVegan this year.”

PETA previously celebrated Bialik, among other prominent vegans, in its modern twist on Norman Rockwell’s famous “Freedom From Want” painting. More details about PETA’s ThanksVegan campaign are available here, and I’d be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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