PETA to Turkey, Texas: Change Name to 'Tofurky'

Animal rights group promises vegan feast for all residents if city complies

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 17, 2011 9:47 AM CST

(Newser) – Apparently, going after a video game character wasn’t the only publicity stunt this week: Now PETA has petitioned Turkey, Texas, to rename itself … wait for it … "Tofurky." Of course, the change would just be for Thanksgiving, explains the animal rights group in a letter to the mayor, adding, "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."

The letter goes on to describe Tofurky as "a savory, flavorful, ‘meaty’ vegan entrée with wild-rice and bread-crumb stuffing that is 100% cruelty-free," whereas most real turkey meat is the product of factory farms. Locals, however, were not convinced. "I think it's about the stupidest thing I've ever heard,” one tells ConnectAmarillo.com. City officials reportedly turned PETA down, meaning they will not be enjoying "mashed potatoes (made with vegan margarine)" or "vegan apple pie topped with vanilla dairy-free ice cream." (Click to read about PETA's other recent target.)

Peta wants Turkey, Texas, to become Tofurky, Texas.
Peta wants Turkey, Texas, to become Tofurky, Texas.   (YouTube)
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The residents of Turkey, Texas, have no intention of changing the town's name.   (Pronews7)

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