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People for Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote a letter to Chief Rich St. John following Billings Police Department's giveaway of twenty turkeys.

Last week, BPD pulled drivers over for minor traffic infractions, but instead of issuing a ticket, officers gave the driver a turkey. 

In PETA's letter, the organization offered to donate vegan Tofurky roasts for the department to give away.

"More and more Americans are choosing to celebrate the holidays with a heatlhy, human vegan roast instead of the corpse of a sensitive bird who didn't want to die," said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "By gobbling up PETA's offer of delicious Tofurky roasts, the Billings Police Department can give everyone something to be thankful for."

PETA's full letter to Billings Police can be found below. 


PETA's letter to Rich St. John, the Billings Police Department chief of police, follows.

November 14, 2017

Rich St. John

Chief of Police

Billings Police Department

Dear Chief St. John,

I'm writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide—including many across Montana—in response to reports that the Billings Police Department was handing out frozen turkeys instead of tickets to motorists who committed traffic violations. I'd like to make an offer that will really give Montanans something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: We'd like to help you serve up a vegan holiday dinner and protect residents' health by donating delicious cholesterol-free Tofurky roasts for you to hand out to drivers—including those who don't eat meat for religious or environmental reasons or because they know how cruel factory farming and the slaughter of turkeys really are.

Turkeys are smart, sensitive birds who have been known to enjoy clucking along to music and love to have their feathers stroked. In nature, babies stay with their mothers for up to five months, and they like to eat meals together as a family, much as humans do on Thanksgiving. But in today's slaughterhouses, fully conscious turkeys are shackled upside-down and their heads are dragged through an electrified stun bath, which shoots currents through their bodies, causing spasms, burns, and fractures. Many birds are stunned improperly and are still conscious when their throats are cut and they're immersed in scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

Thanksgiving is about appreciation and kindness, and many traditional holiday foods are plant-based. Veganism has grown 500 percent since 2014. Since 6 percent of Americans identify as vegan and millions of people now enjoy a compassionate, meat-free holiday for a variety of reasons, it makes sense to give turkeys arrest this Thanksgiving.

Last year, we partnered with the Fort Worth Police Department for a similar effort, and it was well-received by many Texas drivers. We hope to hear that you'll gobble up our offer. If so, please let me know where we can send the Tofurky roasts. Thank you for your consideration.


Sincerely,

Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President

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