Even if families can avoid discussing politics at the dining room table this Thanksgiving, they might have some drama on their hands if there’s a card-carrying PETA vegan in the bunch.
This year, PETA is selling a $24.99 ThanksVegan Dinner Partition, a three-sided divider that will shield a vegan’s eyes from seeing any turkey, cheesy mashed potatoes, or other foods with animal products put out on the table.
While that may seem more than a tad passive-aggressive to some, the side that faces the rest of the table is just aggressive-aggressive, proclaiming in large font: ‘Holidays shouldn’t be murder on turkeys.’
Family dinner! PETA is selling a $24.99 ThanksVegan Dinner Partition, a three-sided divider that will shield a vegan’s eyes from seeing turkey and other food made with animals
Real nice: The side facing the rest of the table features an image of a turkey with a bloody knife and the words: ‘Holidays shouldn’t be murder on turkeys’
The partition is available to buy now, with shipping for as little as $2.
‘Introduce animal rights into your socially distanced dinner table discussions by ordering this ThanksVegan partition,’ reads the description.
‘It will help keep everyone safely distanced while stimulating dialog about the millions of Turkeys who are unnecessarily sacrificed each year for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.’
The partition will close off a single vegan from the rest of the table, presumably to protect them from seeing the Thanksgiving turkey.
But making sure that the meat-eaters feel sufficiently shamed for their dietary choices, the outside calls eating turkey ‘murder’ and features an image of a turkey with a bloody knife hovering above its head.
‘Spare them the chop. Choose vegan,’ it says.
Meanwhile, on the inside, there’s enough reading to keep the vegan entertained even as they don’t converse with the rest of the family.
Seems like fun! The inside includes ‘comeback’ suggestions for friends and family who try to pressure the vegan to eat meat
If someone says, ‘You’re really missing out on this turkey,’ PETA suggests saying back: ‘The turkey you’re eating is really missing out on life’
‘Every year, millions of turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving dinner,’ it reads. ‘This shield may protect you from the sight of a dead bird at the table, but it can’t shield you from the often awkward and annoying comments and questions that you may have to deal with from family and friends.’
It them provides ‘comebacks to frequent questions and comments to help you get through your meal.’
If someone says, ‘It’s not Thanksgiving without a real turkey,’ PETA suggests responding: ‘A vegan Thanksgiving meal truly embodies gratitude because no one was killed for it.’
If someone says, ‘You’re really missing out on this turkey,’ PETA suggests saying back: ‘The turkey you’re eating is really missing out on life.’
Another comeback includes saying sarcastically, ‘As much as the thought of chowing down on the decomposing corpse of a tortured bird appeals to me, I’ll pass.
The partition goes on to compare eating meat to owning slaves and denying women the right to vote.
Yum! PETA is also selling a new candle that is designed to smell like wet dog
Fragrant! The $16.99 100% vegan soy Wet Dog candle comes with an illustration of a dripping pup on the packaging (stock image)
PETA has also debuted other new holiday merch, including several scented candles. But though some are traditional scents like spice cranberry and pumpkin pie, PETA is also selling candles that smell like wet dog and tofu.
While it’s clear that PETA really likes animals, even many of the most fervent dog-lovers would agree that the the smell of ‘wet dog’ isn’t really a pleasant one — yet PETA wants to transform people’s homes with the scent, even when there’s no wet dog around.
The $16.99 100% vegan soy candle comes with an illustration of a dripping pup on the packaging.
‘It’s impossible not to smile when they come in from the rain or the river and shake all over us,’ the description reads.
‘PETA’s new candle is the perfect gift for anyone who wishes to reproduce the distinctive scent of wet dog and who knows that any day spent with a dog is a good day.’
Tasty! The other unusual scent in the merch store this year is a $23.99 tofu-scented candle
‘This year, we’re paying homage to tofu for working in everything from sandwiches to soufflés and — most importantly — for giving animals a break,’ the description reads
The other unusual scent in the merch store this year is a $23.99 tofu-scented candle, which has a big white blob of the vegan food on the packaging.
‘This year, we’re paying homage to tofu for working in everything from sandwiches to soufflés and — most importantly — for giving animals a break,’ the description reads.
The candle is part of a lineup of tofu-focused products this year.
The box includes some bullet points on ‘the terrific truth about tofu,’ including that it’s one of the oldest foods in the world and is ‘extremely nutritious.’
The packaging also repeats a controversial claim PETA has made before, that carnivores caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘While the meat industry breeds deadly pathogens like the novel corornavirus, tofu has never caused a pandemic!’
Spreading fear: PETA was mocked and ridiculed by social media users after implying that eating meat may cause coronavirus earlier this year
PETA faced backlash earlier this year after making a similar claim writing on Twitter: ‘Carnivorous is an anagram of coronavirus. Coincidence? We think NOT!’
‘Scientists have a hunch that contact with live animals or their dead flesh may be the source of the deadly virus,’ PETA wrote.
On their website, the organization pointed to a New York Times report which said that the virus may have initially spread from a wholesale market in Wuhan, ‘where vendors legally sold live animals from stalls in close quarters with hundreds of others.’
But PETA seemed to be dismissing that part about ‘live animals.’ With their anagram tweet, they implied that it’s eating animals — ‘carnivorous’ means to feed on animals — that leads to coronavirus.
Other Twitter users, including those who support PETA, have noticed and were quick to tell the organization off.
Chill pill: Twitter users, including those who support PETA, were quick to tell the organization off
‘I support you PETA but this is totally inaccurate and stupid,’ wrote one.
‘I wish there was an option to report this. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Yet another reason nobody takes you seriously as an organisation any more,’ said another, while a third said: ‘And this is why you aren’t taken seriously.’
‘It’s always good to know that no matter how weird everything is, you can always count on PETA to maintain their batsh***ery,’ said yet another.
‘As a vegan, I do not approve of this absolutely idiotic message,’ wrote one more.
Others said that the tweet just made them want to eat more meat, with one saying: ‘I’ll think more about the deep meaning of this tweet tonight while eating a good rib steak.’
Some called the organization ‘tone deaf,’ with one accusing them of being the ‘flat earthers of veganism.’
Plenty also mocked PETA for implying that anagrams hold hidden meanings, pointing out some anagrams of PETA that the organization wouldn’t like.
‘In Italian “peta” is the third-person singular form of the verb “fart”. Coincidence? I think NOT!’ wrote one.
Even the satirical site The Onion joined in, writing up a tongue-in-cheek article entitled ‘PETA Quietly Testing ‘Coronavirus Is A Living Thing’ Ad Spots In Few Small Markets’
‘In Spanish “peta” is the slang word for marihuana joint. Coincidence? We think NOT!’ wrote another.
‘In Portuguese, “Peta” means “Lie” Coincidence?’ asked a third, while several pointed out that PETA is also an anagram of pâté.
Even the satirical site The Onion joined in, writing up a tongue-in-cheek article entitled ‘PETA Quietly Testing ‘Coronavirus Is A Living Thing’ Ad Spots In Few Small Markets.’
They included a mocked-up ad for PETA featuring an image of a virus beside one of a fluffy dog.
‘Why do you want to kill one and make the other your pet?’ it read.
In a statement made to DailyMail.com, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk insisted that people can prevent the outbreak of future viruses by going vegan.
‘Scientists in China have linked the coronavirus to bats and snakes—and it’s been widely reported that the virus appears to have originated in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where these and other animals are sold as food,’ she said.
‘Any health authority will confirm — as has been widely reported in the media — that most influenza viruses and coronaviruses are zoonotic (transmissible from other animals to humans).
‘Filthy farms and markets crammed full of sick animals are breeding grounds for deadly maladies, as we saw with bird flu and SARS, which killed more than 900 people in just nine months. As the current coronavirus spreads, PETA is urging the public to cut off animal-borne pathogens at the source by going vegan.’