GARNER. N.C. (AP) -- An animal-rights group is campaigning to save some turkeys from the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports ( ) that Mercy for Animals is behind a billboard urging drivers to "spare a turkey" and "choose vegetarian." The billboard is in Garner, which is home to turkey giant Butterball.

Campaign coordinator Eddie Garza said the group put up the same sign in Chicago and Detroit last Thanksgiving season. He says it makes sense to come to North Carolina to urge residents to give turkeys something to be thankful for.

Mercy for Animals conducts undercover surveillance of farms; including one that led McDonalds and Target to drop their ties with a major egg supplier after a video showed animal cruelty at facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado.

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