For immediate release:
October 6, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Brandon, Manitoba – PETA offers Thank youVegan food for thought in Brandon by covering the benches of city bus stops with images of turkeys proclaiming “I am ME, not MEAT”, to encourage everyone to have a bird-friendly vacation, which is already clearly in the minds of many Canadians, as the number of online searches involving the word “vegan” in Canada increased by 113% from 2016 to 2020.
“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 usually slaughtered when they are between 12 and 26 weeks old and millions are killed each year just for Thanksgiving. 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.
PETA’s “turkeys” will also be a hit in Abbotsford, BC, including the city’s airport, and Tofurky giveaways are planned for Montreal and Toronto. Across Canada, Sobeys, Save-On-Foods, Buy-Low Foods and other major grocery chains are teaming up with PETA to showcase their ready-to-roast vegan turkeys and other vegan holiday dishes. The Very Good Butchers, with locations 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 visitPETA.orgor follow the group onTwitter,Facebook, WhereInstagram.
PETA’s “turkeys” appear on the benches of bus stops at the following intersections:
- Eighth Street and Rosser Avenue
- Centennial Boulevard and Riverheights Drive
- 13e Rue and Avenue Princesse
- Maryland Avenue and Cornell Bay
- Frederick Street (north of Park Avenue E.)
- Maryland Avenue and First Street (near Crocus Plains Regional High School)
- Princess Avenue and Fourth Street
- 34e Centennial street and boulevard
- 20e Ottawa Street and Avenue
- 11e N. St and Stickney Ave