November 21, 2011

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Texas Town Turns Down PETA Request to Change Name


The town of Turkey, TX, has pushed back against a request by officials of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to change the name of their town during this Thanksgiving.

PETA has recently released ads to make people feel guilty about eating turkey this Thanksgiving and has created a clever ad of a “turkey dog” and asked if you wouldn’t eat your dog, why would you eat a turkey?

PETA says that turkeys may not be as familiar to us as dogs or cats, but they have the same ability to suffer and are sensitive, curious creatures.

This ad was directed to get kids to stop eating turkey, but a letter was also sent to the mayor of the tiny town  of Turkey, TX (population 421 in the 2010 census) asking him to change the town’s name to “Tofurky” for Thanksgiving Day. In exchange, PETA promises to provide a “healthy, vegan holiday feast for all of the town’s residents.”

The letter goes on to explain the horrors faced by farm-raised turkeys and ends by trying to whet the mayor’s appetite by describing in detail a Tofurky meal.”

“PETA’s feast would feature Tofurky with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes (made with vegan margarine) and vegan apple pie topped with vanilla dairy-free ice cream.”

City officials have rejected the offer and residents were up in arms about the idea.

“We are insulted,” says resident Carol Redd. “We like turkey. We are proud to be turkey.”

PETA’s request to the mayor of Turkey, TX, motivated barbecue entrepreneurs to reach out and give back, asking folks to pledge to support the people of Turkey, TX, via donations to charities and cast their vote for BBQ or Tofurky.

Learn more about this situation and how to vote at



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