For Immediate Release:
November 22, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Chicago – As the Bears gear up for a Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Detroit Lions when most Americans are sitting down for a holiday feast with family, PETA is offering to tackle their hunger by catering delicious vegan meals for both teams. The offer, sent to General Manager Ryan Pace as part of PETA’s nationwide “ThanksVegan” campaign—which advocates for holiday celebrations including only animal-friendly foods—would feature a full spread for the players, including vegan quarterback Justin Fields, complete with dishes like portobello steaks with red wine demi-glace, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing, truffle mac and cheese, and pumpkin spice cake.
“These players may have to miss dinner with their families this holiday, but Thanksgiving can still be a win with a decadent spread that’s kind to everyone,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA hopes the Bears will score a touchdown for turkeys by gobbling up our offer of a delicious ThanksVegan meal packed with muscle-building protein to help them bounce back after the big game.”
The group has also placed a sky-high message in the Windy City asking that everyone “see the individual” behind each turkey dinner and will be handing out free vegan roasts on Tuesday at 12 noon outside the Trader Joe’s at 1147 S. Wabash Ave. to help shoppers have a compassionate holiday.
Turkeys can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are usually slaughtered when they’re babies—between 12 and 26 weeks old. A recent PETA exposé caught workers kicking, stomping on, and beating turkeys sold by companies with “humanely raised” labels, and even the turkeys “pardoned” by U.S. presidents have ended up living in squalor. Going vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year, and vegan athletes report a boost in energy and quicker recovery, as Fields, Cam Newton, and many others can attest.
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.