Two years ago, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) got real and released a brilliant Thanksgiving video in hopes of relating to the general public in terms they understand: a lot of f-bombs.
The video stars Peggy Glenn, aka Granny Potty Mouth, who swears like a sailor while describing how to make a vegan version of a turducken (aka “tofucken”) that involves stuffing a block of marinated tofu with a combination of plant-based meat alternatives. As she prepares her dish, she casually explains how turkeys are tortured in honor of this gratitude and peace-filled holiday known as Thanksgiving. America loves its irony.
“You know, a perk of this recipe is that you don’t have to eat body parts and shit,” she says with a smile.
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The video went viral and now PETA wants tofucken added to the dictionary. In fact, the organization sent a letter to Merriam-Webster, asking them to add the portmanteau to the dictionary by Thanksgiving.
It just so happens tofucken debuted the same year that turducken was added to the dictionary — in 2014— and since then, the number of vegans in American has increased 600 percent, according to PETA.
Says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, “Millions of Americans would rather eat tofucken than the corpse of a bird who was hung upside down and electrically shocked and whose throat was slit. PETA is calling on Merriam-Webster to add tofucken to the dictionary and help redefine Thanksgiving as a holiday of kindness.”
Highlights of Newkirk’s letter to Merriam-Webster include:
“Every year in the U.S. alone, 300 million turkeys, 9 billion chickens, and 31 million ducks are killed for food—more than 45 million turkeys are killed just for Thanksgiving.”
“The demand for vegan holiday dishes like tofucken has never been higher, as millions of Americans now celebrate a meat-free Thanksgiving for environmental, religious, or health reasons or…because they know how cruel factory-farming and slaughtering turkeys, chickens, and ducks really are.”
“Thanksgiving is about appreciation and kindness. We hope you’ll review our submission and add tofucken to the dictionary so that anyone interested in celebrating with compassion this holiday season will easily find its definition.”
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