PETA asks town of Turkey to change its name

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Controversial animal rights group PETA has asked the town of Turkey, Texas, to change its name to 'Tofurky' for Thanksgiving.

A letter was sent to Turkey Mayor Pat Carson on Monday that urges him to change the name of the town in time for Thanksgiving.

"What do I think of changing the name of Turkey to tofu? I think it's about the stupidest thing I've ever heard," said Tommy Sims, who does business regularly in Turkey.

The letter claims that turkeys suffer virtually every day of their lives while eating Tofurky comes without the suffering of the turkeys. PETA says it will treat the entire city to a vegan holiday feast if the name is changed.

Residents Pronews 7 spoke with were not happy about the entire ordeal.

"We are insulted," said resident Carol Redd. "We like Turkey. We are proud to be Turkey."

"Thanksgiving is murder on turkeys," said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "By changing its name to 'Tofurky,' Turkey would send a clear message that delicious, savory mock meat is an easy way to celebrate without causing suffering-and give a bird something to be thankful for."

City officials have reportedly said that they will not be changing the city's name, even if it is just for a day.

PETA stands for 'People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.'

Here is the letter sent from PETA to Mayor 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 entre 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.

Sincerely yours,

Tracy ReimanExecutive Vice President