Turkey To Be Guest Of Honour At PETA Christmas Dinner
Dinner jackets are optional, and the serving pieces may not be silver, but this Christmas meal at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation’s office will be special indeed. The esteemed guest, a turkey named Angel, hails from Hen Heaven, a safe sanctuary for chickens and turkeys who might have ended up on dinner plates had they not been rescued. At the dinner, Angel and PETA staff members will dine on vegan delicacies such as faux turkey, grilled figs, nut roast and mince pie with brandy cream. The dinner will be catered by the vegetarian restaurant the Gate.
“Angel is very lucky to be ‘the turkey who got away’ and to have ended up at Hen Heaven”, said PETA’s Alistair Currie. “Unlike turkeys raised for food, she will lead a comfortable life and experience a peaceful and natural death among gentle caregivers. For Angel, Christmas dinner will be fun, not fatal.”
Approximately 15 million turkeys are raised for food in the UK each year. Packed into windowless sheds, the specially bred birds grow unnaturally large. The extra weight causes them pain in their hips and legs. The birds also develop sores on their feet and legs from standing in their own waste. When they are between 2 and 6 months old, they are transported to slaughter.
The PETA Foundation, Thrale House, 44-46 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN
Wednesday, 16 December, 1 pm
Your coverage is invited. Please RSVP to Sam Glover on 020 7357 9229, extension 229, or at [email protected].
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.