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PETA ‘Turkeys’ targets vacation travelers with ‘ThanksVegan’ plea


For immediate release:
October 8, 2021

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Abbotsford, British Columbia – A stone’s throw from a huge turkey slaughterhouse in Lilydale, PETA offers holidaymakers Thank youVegan food for thought by covering local buses and the airport with images of turkeys proclaiming ‘I’m ME, no MEAT’ – and to help everyone enjoy a bird-friendly vacation, the group will also be donating tasty roasts Tofurky at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

“When people realize that turkeys love their families, feel pain and fear, and enjoy their lives, they can’t wait to put a Tofurky on the table,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman . “PETA offers recipes, buying tips and more so everyone can enjoy a delicious ThanksVegan meal that leaves sweet birds in peace.”

Turkeys can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are normally slaughtered when they are between 12 and 26 weeks old and millions are killed each year for Thanksgiving in Canada alone. Young birds are suspended by the feet from metal chains and dragged into an electrified bath, and they are often still conscious when their throats are cut and are thrown into hot plumage tanks.

Meatless meals are already on the minds of many Canadians, as the number of online searches for “vegan” in Canada increased by 113% from 2016 to 2020. This year, Sobeys, Save-On-Foods, Buy- Low Foods, IGA, and other major grocery chains are teaming up with PETA to showcase their ready-to-roast vegan turkeys and other holiday vegan dishes. The Very Good Butchers, founded in Victoria and with products available from coast to coast, will also broadcast the #ThanksVegan word on social media, and people across the country can enjoy PETA’s Ultimate Canadian ThanksVegan Guide.

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.orgor follow the group onTwitter,Facebook, WhereInstagram.