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PETA To Turkey, Texas: Change Your Name

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A turkey treads lightly earlier this November on a golf course in Florida. (credit: Marc Serota)

A turkey treads lightly earlier this November on a golf course in Florida. (credit: Marc Serota)

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TURKEY, Texas (CBS Houston) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want Turkey, Texas, to change its name before Thanksgiving.

Turkey, though, said no thanks.

In a letter to Turkey’s mayor Pat Carson, PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said changing the town’s name for the day “will remind people around the country that we each can have a delicious, protein-packed, and satisfying Thanksgiving meal without supporting animal abuse.”

Tofurkey, PETA said, is made 100 percent “cruelty-free.” A billboard campaign additionally asks children why they would eat turkey if they wouldn’t eat their dogs.

In exchange for the name-change, PETA promised to cook the holiday meal. The spread would include Tofurky with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes (made with vegan margarine) and vegan apple pie topped with vanilla dairy-free ice cream.

Recently, the group jokingly criticized Nintendo’s Mario for allegedly killing raccoon dogs for his special Tanooki suit’s powers.

Roughly 500 people live in Turkey, named on an afternoon when settlers in the 1890s found flocks of wild Rio Grande turkeys roosting on the banks of Turkey Creek.

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