For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Las Vegas – As the Raiders gear up for a Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Dallas Cowboys 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 Mike Mayock as part of PETA’s nationwide “ThanksVegan” campaign—which advocates for holiday celebrations with only animal-friendly foods—would feature a full spread, including dishes such as a holiday roast, vegan mashed potatoes with gravy, cheesy broccoli rice casserole, cornbread stuffing, and pecan pie.
“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 Raiders 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 will also be running its “Grace” ad—in which a little girl raises eyebrows at the dinner table with her prayer about turkeys—on the NFL streaming services during the game, which may ruffle a few viewers’ feathers.
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 Cam Newton, Justin Fields, 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.