Block of Tofu to Appear on Royal Mail Stamp?
For Immediate Release:
14 May 2020
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
BLOCK OF TOFU TO APPEAR ON ROYAL MAIL STAMP?
PETA Appeals to Postal Service to Tout Animal-Friendly Foods, Which Have Never Been Linked to Infections Diseases
London – As an increasing number of Brits are posting letters to family and friends, PETA has urged the Royal Mail to create a special-edition stamp featuring a block of tofu along with the message “Tofu Never Caused a Pandemic.” In a letter to the postal service (available here), the group points out that the light-hearted stamp could help convey a serious message about the dangers of farming and consuming animals.
“The majority of the world’s new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals – mainly via the wildlife trade and factory farming,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “We can help protect ourselves against future pandemics by switching to nutritious, delicious vegan foods like tofu!”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that the novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in a “wet market” in China, where live and dead animals are sold for food. Previous influenza viruses have originated in pigs and chickens – but never in versatile vegan foods like tofu.