Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

PETA divide opinion with creepy cartoon depicting eating turkey as evil


Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Article by Sophie Cockerham

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While millions sit down to eat their traditional turkey dinner this Christmas, nowadays, there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the market for those who choose not to eat meat.

Most people accept each other’s dietary choices, and it’s perfectly normal for Christmas dinner tables to be filled with veggies, flexis and meat eaters alike.

But PETA (named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is of the opinion that eating a turkey over the holidays is cruel, as they depicted in a rather creepy cartoon to illustrate it.

In one scary looking image, three people are seen to be standing around an alarmed looking turkey with unnerving smiles on their faces.

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Just a little creepy… (Credit: PETA)

“I can’t wait to slurp up these juices,” one man is saying, while another adds, “Mmm she’s so juicy.”

Another picture in the carousel shows a man preparing his festive dinner with the words, “You’re getting to third BASTE with a dead turkey… and you think that’s “normal”?”

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No words for this one…(Credit: PETA)

Meanwhile, a third image sees three turkeys in human clothes cutting into a small human which sits on a plate.

“And some folks still think Tofurky is weird,” the charity captioned the images.

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Yup, that’s a human on the plate (Credit: PETA)

But while some were in support of the bizarre cartoons, others felt the charity had gone a step too far.

“This all seems pretty normal,” joked one user, while another added, “Oh god, not this again.”

Others criticised the organisation’s marketing strategy after a series of strange posts, saying: “PETA really wildin nowadays,” and another joked: “Go home PETA, you’re drunk.”

On a more serious note, some thought that the way they are going about things was more likely to make people continue to eat meat, rather than change their habits.

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PETA want us all to ditch the turkey (Credit: Alamy)

“Demonizing people doesn’t work. It makes things worse in every subject,” another user added.

But it wasn’t all criticism for PETA, as some of their followers thought the cartoon images were a great way to change people’s views.

“I love how unhinged this page depicts meat eaters,” one said. As another continued: “Thank you for the eye-opening and thought-provoking campaigns, always!”

This isn’t the first time in recent months that PETA has gone in on meat-eaters.

In October, the charity slammed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, and said he was at risk of an ‘ancient curse’ because he was serving octopus in his restaurants. Yup, really. You can read about that here. 

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