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PETA Pilgrims Push for Turkey Alternative

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM

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PETA protestors used what they called 'Sexy Pilgrim' garb to call attention to their cause

Not everybody goes for the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Two young women from PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - staked a spot on Public Square in downtown Cleveland Tuesday making the case for what they consider a humane alternative. ideastream's David C. Barnett reports.

Leila Sleiman and Corissa Hull spiced-up the look of America’s early puritanical immigrants by sporting short skirts and high heels.  The self-described “Sexy Pilgrims” bore boxes of a food product called “tofurkey” which they handed out to passersby.

LEILA SLEIMAN (explains to passerby):  It’s a mixture of tofu and spices; it’s a great alternative to traditional turkey. 

Sleiman is a Washington-based organizer with PETA, and said she wanted to promote awareness about the cruel ways that some turkeys are raised on their way to the dinner table.

LEILA SLEIMAN: So, people are excited to try a cruelty-free option, especially without the saturated fat and cholesterol.

David Dawson of Cleveland appreciated the gift, but said it didn’t sway him from his Thanksgiving plans, which include both turkey…

DAVID DAWSON: And ham.  Until they can convince me of anything different.

DCB:Are you going to tryout the tofurkey?

DAVID DAWSON: Yeah, I’m going to try it.  I’m going to see what they’re talking about.

It sounds like the Sexy Pilgrims didn’t exactly win a convert to the animal rights movement.  But traditions often start small - perhaps tofurkey will catch on, and one day become standard fare for many a Thanksgiving meal.  Not sure what they do for gravy. 

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