PETA to Blackpool Council: ‘Let Tofu Shine!’

PETA to Blackpool Council: ‘Let Tofu Shine!’

Tofu Has Never Caused a Pandemic – so It’s Perfect for COVID-Era Christmas Celebrations

Blackpool – This morning, PETA sent a letter to Kerry Mills, events executive for Blackpool Council, with a seasonal suggestion: include an eye-catching tofu-themed light display – featuring a jolly block of tofu wearing a Santa hat and holding a candy cane next to the words “Tofu Never Caused a Pandemic” – in the 2020 Blackpool Illuminations.

While the lights are currently switched off because of COVID-19 regulations, if the council agrees, the group will donate to the Illuminations Fund in time for the relaunch post-lockdown.

“As many of us are adjusting to the prospect of socially distant Christmas celebrations, we should take time to reflect on how we got here,” writes PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “[PETA’s festive tofu] is a lighthearted way to remind Blackpool visitors and residents that while the meat industry breeds killer pathogens like the novel coronavirus, tofu production is safe and healthy – and tofu is a great choice for Christmas dinner!”

Tofu not only is cheaper than meat but also is more versatile, is packed with protein, and contains zero cholesterol, and eating it, rather than meat, can lower one’s risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and numerous other life-threatening health issues. PETA offers a variety of delicious tofu recipes on its website, such as Smoky Seaweed Pâté and BBQ Tofu Wings with Ranch Sauce.

PETA 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. Influenza viruses have originated in pigs and chickens – but never in versatile vegan foods like tofu.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

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