People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has approached the residents of Turkey, Texas with a request: rename your town "Tofurkey" in honor of Thanksgiving.
Even if the name change to the mock meat vegan alternative is just for one day, PETA said it will draw attention to the treatment that turkeys in the U.S. suffer virtually every day of their lives.
In return, PETA said it will treat the entire town -- population 421, according to the U.S. Census Bureau -- to a "delicious, healthy vegan holiday feast."
"Changing the town's name to Tofurky will remind people around the country that we each can have a delicious, protein-packed, and satisfying Thanksgiving meal without supporting animal abuse," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a letter Monday to the town's mayor.
But local ABC affiliate KVII-TV spoke to a few locals who bristled at the idea of renaming their town.
"What do I think of changing the name of Turkey to tofu? I think it's about the stupidest thing I've ever heard," Tommy Sims said.
"We are insulted," resident Carol Redd added. "We like Turkey. We are proud to be Turkey."
City officials reportedly have no plans to change the town's name.
From KVII, here is the full letter sent to Mayor Pat Carson of Turkey:
Dear Mayor Carson,
I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands in Texas, with an idea that will boost Turkey into the spotlight and promote compassion: Rename your town "Tofurky" for Thanksgiving. If you agree to adopt this moniker for just one day, we'd be happy to provide a delicious, healthy vegan holiday feast for all the town's residents.
Tofurky is a savory, flavorful, "meaty" vegan entrée with wild-rice and bread-crumb stuffing that is 100 percent cruelty-free. In contrast, virtually all turkey meat sold in the U.S. comes from factory farms, where birds are confined by the thousands to filthy, barren sheds. They are drugged and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. These bright and social animals are denied everything that is natural and important to them, and at the slaughterhouse, turkeys are still conscious when their throats are slit. Changing the town's name to Tofurky will remind people around the country that we each can have a delicious, protein-packed, and satisfying Thanksgiving meal without supporting animal abuse.
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. Introducing vegan cuisine to your residents would help improve their health: A vegan diet is free of the saturated animal fats and cholesterol found in meat and dairy products, and according to the American Dietetic Association, a vegan diet reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to rename your town and give turkeys, as well as your town's citizens, something to gobble about! Please let me know of your decision.
Executive Vice President