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On Monday, Tracy Reiman, Executive Vice President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letterto Turkey, Texas Mayor Pat Carson asking him to rename his town “Tofurky” for Thanksgiving in exchange for a “delicious, healthy vegan holiday feast for all the town’s residents.”

In case you are wondering what Tofurky is, it is “a savory, flavorful, “meaty” vegan entrée with wild-rice and bread-crumb stuffing that is 100 percent cruelty-free,” according to Reiman. Pork Barrel BBQsupports the right of PETA members and vegans to enjoy Tofurky this Thanksgiving, but we believe it is more in line with Texan culinary heritage for the people of Turkey to celebrate by firing up their smokers and serving their friends and family smoked turkey and brisket at this years Thanksgiving feast.

In response to the open letter from Reiman calling on Turkey, Texas to change its name to Tofurky, Texas we presented Mayor Carson, with an appetizing offer to temporarily change his town’s name to “Barbecue, Texas.” We are offering to fork over $1,000 immediately and $5 from the sale of every Picnic Pack or Party Pack sold on our website from November 19th through December 10th in exchange for the town changing its name to “Barbecue, Texas” for 16-hours, the approximate time it takes to properly cook a Texas brisket.  The proceeds raised will be split evenly between three Turkey, Texas Charities:

1)    Bob Wills Foundation (providing scholarships to local students)

2)    Turkey Restoration Project (restoring Turkey, Texas school)

3)    Turkey, Texas All Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Department

Americans – carnivores and vegetarians alike – can cast a vote below in support of Turkey, Texas temporarily changing its name to either “Barbecue, Texas” or “Tofurky, Texas.”  The polls are open!