In Time for Xmas: Routemaster Buses Ask Londonders, ‘Would You Eat Your Dog?’

For Immediate Release:

3 November 2015


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222, [email protected]


PETA Ad Blitz Calls for Compassion for Turkeys During Holiday Season

London – How would you feel if Rover were stuffed and roasted for Christmas dinner? That’s what PETA ads are asking commuters across London. The ads – which show a family dog’s collar resting on a plate slathered with gravy – read, “If You Wouldn’t Eat Your Dog, Why Eat a Turkey?” and remind caring people everywhere that turkeys, just like the dogs and cats we share our homes with, have feelings and the capacity to feel pain.

An image of the campaign is available here

“We’re urging Britons to extend the holiday spirit of giving to all animals by leaving turkeys off their plates this Christmas”, says PETA Associate Director Elisa Allen. “By serving up a delicious vegan meal, everyone can spare sensitive, highly intelligent animals a lifetime of misery in the industrialised meat industry.”

As noted by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – in nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 40 kilometres per hour. Turkeys in the wild can live up to 10 years, but those on factory farms are normally slaughtered between 12 and 26 weeks of age. The young birds are hung from metal shackles by their feet and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause them to have full-body tremors. Sometimes, they’re still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re placed into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

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