#ThanksVegan Is Coming: 'Gobble Veggies, Not Turkeys!' Says Group
For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2020
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Oakland, Calif. – Vegan foods are selling like hotcakes, so Thanksgiving is morphing into “ThanksVegan”—and PETA will help Oakland hop on the trend tomorrow, with a giant inflatable “turkey” and a Tofurky roast giveaway.
When: Tuesday, November 24, 12 noon
Where: 6310 College Ave. (at the intersection with Claremont Avenue), Oakland
“PETA is eager to help everyone have a delicious ThanksVegan meal that leaves gentle birds off the table,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “When it comes to having feelings, loving their families, and valuing their lives, turkeys are individuals, just as much as humans are.”
More than 46 million turkeys are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone, and most of them are just babies, under 26 weeks old, when they’re hung upside down and dragged through an electrified bath. They’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.
PETA’s #ThanksVegan campaign also includes pro-turkey billboards across the country; its “Grace” TV ad, in which a little girl makes some pointed comments while saying grace at the dinner table; protests outside turkey slaughterhouses that are COVID-19 hotspots; and partnerships with restaurants and grocery stores to promote animal-free options.
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.