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Idea Is to Let Parents Know That the Centerpiece of Their Holiday Table Is the Corpse of a Tortured Bird
For Immediate Release:November 9, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- Instead of a fork, PETA has a better idea
about what to stick in a dead turkey at Thanksgiving: The group is offering
free tombstones for kids to dig into the Thanksgiving turkey the second it hits
the table. The miniature tombstones are emblazoned with the words "Here
Lies the Corpse of a Tortured Bird." Kids who visit peta2.com/Tombstones and request a
tombstone will get them in the mail for free. All that visitors to
the site have to do is tell PETA why they don't eat turkey. Kids can also make
their own stakes by downloading and cutting out the tombstone art and taping it
onto a toothpick.
"Kids love animals, and once they realize that turkeys
feel pain and fear just as dogs and cats do, they want to switch out those
drumsticks for Tofurky," says peta2's Marta Holmberg, associate director
of Youth Outreach and Campaigns. "This Thanksgiving, families can give
turkeys something to be thankful for by choosing delicious vegan meals."
Approximately 250 million turkeys are killed in the U.S.
every year—more than 45 million for Thanksgiving dinners alone. In nature,
turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can
climb trees and run as fast as 25 miles per hour. But most turkeys slated to be
killed for food are crammed into filthy warehouses, where disease, smothering,
and heart attacks are common. Turkeys are drugged and bred to grow such
unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the
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