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Ads Outside Schools to Promote Compassion for Turkeys
For Immediate Release:November 8, 2012
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Reno, Nev. -- How would children feel if Fido and Fluffy were
stuffed and roasted for Thanksgiving? That's what PETA is asking this holiday
season with a billboard
that shows an animal who's a cross between a dog and a turkey. The billboard
reads, "Kids: If You Wouldn't Eat Your Dog, Why Eat a Turkey?" The
group plans to run the billboard near Reno public schools in the hope that it
will spark a dialog between kids and their parents.
"Kids love animals, and if they thought about how
turkeys feel pain and fear just as dogs and cats do, they'd trade in their
drumsticks for Tofurky in a heartbeat," says PETA Executive Vice President
Tracy Reiman. "This Thanksgiving, families can give all animals
something to be thankful for by sticking to humane, delicious vegan
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 18
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 weight.
To reach kids across the nation, PETA also plans to erect
its billboard in Sacramento, Calif., and Boise, Idaho.
For more information, please visit PETA.org or click
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