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AR group erects sign near Butterball headquarters urging people to go vegetarian

GARNER, N.C. - An animal rights group is urging travelers on U.S. 70 to go vegetarian this Thanksgiving with a billboard in Garner, home to turkey giant Butterball.

Mercy for Animals is a national nonprofit aimed at preventing cruelty to farm animals. The billboard, which went up Monday, urges people to "spare a turkey" and "choose vegetarian."

The group put up the same sign in Chicago and Detroit last Thanksgiving season, said Eddie Garza, a campaign coordinator for Mercy for Animals. But it chose Garner this year because the town is home to the largest turkey producer in the country.

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