New Thanksgiving Video Urges Americans to Choose Vegan Roasts Over Dead Baby Birds

Having a baby over for Thanksgiving dinner? Will that be fried or roasted?

Many people don’t realize that the majority of turkeys who are eaten are just babies—usually no older than 26 weeks—when they’re violently and painfully slaughtered. Of course, no one wants to be a baby killer. That’s why PETA’s latest Thanksgiving commercial skips the pleasantries and asks, “Are you eating a baby?”

We can already hear the sweet explosions of meat-eater meltdowns. But this is hardly the first Thanksgiving commercial of ours to upset the applecart.

There was this award-winning commercial, which features an honest kid who tells it like it really is when she’s asked to say grace at her family’s dinner table:

And who could forget this straight-talking little girl dressed as a turkey who goes off-script during her school play?

The discomfort we might feel watching these videos is minuscule compared to that experienced by the 300 million turkeys a year who are hung up by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause them to have full-body tremors. Turkeys are often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into a bath of scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

Time and again, PETA has documented the sadistic abuse of turkeys by slaughterhouse workers. An eyewitness at a Butterball slaughterhouse in Ozark, Arkansas, found that workers stomped on birds, slammed them into walls, crushed their skulls, and even sexually abused them. One observer said that what he saw would haunt him forever.

Be the reason why turkeys can be thankful by going vegan today. Instead of eating decayed baby flesh this Thanksgiving, check out these wonderful vegan holiday recipes! With delicious vegan roasts from Tofurky, Gardein, Field Roast, and other brands, as well as endless other animal-free main courses, we can still enjoy the dishes we love, without the cruelty.

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