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.

Comments (3)
  1. MachineGex says:

    I want PETA to change their name to “Crazy, Insane, Nut Cases” for the day.

  2. vinegaroon says:

    What is wrong with these insane PETA followers. The people of Turkey, Tx need to get up a petition and vote to make a law to never allow peta members inside of their city limits. PETA does some insane things but this one takes the cake, just who do they think they are.

  3. Anne says:

    peta does not want you to kill for food but they kill pets for money guess you should eat puppies and kittens, then maybe they would not kill them. If they will not eat eggs beacuse they are killing chicks then the female peta people should go to prision for murder every month because the egg they produced was expelled. never could figure out the milk thing it does not kill any thing

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