The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA, does some good work, but it’s the organization’s more absurd stunts that often make headlines — and this one is a prime example.

Citing the suffering of turkeys during the Thanksgiving season, PETA sent a letter to the mayor of Turkey, Texas and asked him to change the town’s name to the tofu-based meat alternative “Tofurky” instead.

As enticement, PETA wrote that if Mayor Pat Carson agrees, it’ll treat the entire city to a vegan holiday feast. Because those are so popular in meat-heavy Texas.

“Thanksgiving is murder on turkeys,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman told the Associated Press. “By changing its name to ‘Tofurky,’ Turkey would send a clear message that delicious, savory mock meat is an easy way to celebrate without causing suffering — and give a bird something to be thankful for.”

The 400 or so residents of the southwestern town are unsurprisingly opposed to the idea.

[ValleyCentral]