For Immediate Release:
November 9, 2018
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Washington – When staff at PETA’s Washington, D.C., office—just blocks from the White House—heard that newly elected congressional representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is struggling financially with the move to the capital, since she won’t receive her congressional salary until three months from now, PETA decided to send her a delicious vegan gift basket brimming with soy chorizo, beans, Tofurky products, vegan cookies, soy cheese, and more in order to help her finances.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that more and more people are realizing that vegan eating is healthy, nourishing, and economical: According to a recent survey, the number of Americans who identify as vegan has increased by 600 percent since 2014.
“No matter what party they support, everyone from lawmakers to laypeople can stand up for disenfranchised animals by choosing cruelty-free, inexpensive, vegan meals,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “As Ocasio-Cortez prepares for her new role in the U.S. Congress, PETA has her back on the food front.”