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December 8, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Allentown, Pa. – Transfer over, Rudolph—right here comes Toby the turkey! He’s the star of PETA’s new Christmas particular, airing throughout The Grinch on TBS this Sunday in addition to on 20 different channels nationwide. The family-friendly video tells the story of little Toby’s escape—orchestrated by his mom—from a slaughterhouse-bound truck and the way he winds up a beloved member of the family at the desk, not on it.
The video is hitting airwaves as native Wegmans shops proceed to promote turkeys from Pennsylvania-based Plainville Farms, a few of whose former employees have been charged with 141 counts of cruelty to animals—the most important variety of prices in any factory-farmed animal case in U.S. historical past—after a PETA undercover investigation confirmed them punching and stomping on birds.
“Identical to lovable Toby the turkey in PETA’s video, all turkeys are good, curious people who love their households, and every one has a narrative that shouldn’t finish on a fork,” says PETA Govt Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Solely a grinch would eat somebody like Toby, and PETA is encouraging everybody to guard turkeys from the abuse uncovered at Plainville Farms by selecting a scrumptious vegan feast this vacation season.”
Turkeys raised for meals are usually slaughtered after they’re between 14 and 18 weeks outdated, and roughly 22 million turkeys are killed annually for Christmas alone. Employees hold the younger birds the wrong way up, drag them by way of an electrified bathtub, slit their throats, and dump them into scalding-hot water in defeathering tanks—usually whereas they’re nonetheless acutely aware. Along with stopping practically 200 animals a yr from enduring every day struggling and a terrifying dying, everybody who goes vegan shrinks their carbon footprint and slashes their threat of affected by coronary heart illness, diabetes, most cancers, and different illnesses.
PETA’s video, which was created in collaboration with artistic company Dream Farm Studios, will air on Sunday, December 11, throughout The Grinch on TBS at 8 p.m. on DirectTV and DISH in addition to on Animal Planet, BBC America, CMT, Recreation Present Community, ID, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Reelz, TNT, truTV, TV Land, TV One, USA, Bravo, CMT, SCI, TLC, and FETV.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals are usually not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.