November 19, 2010
Most people are talking about preparing turkeys for the Thanksgiving meal, but LilSis is right that this Vegan Sis isn’t one of them.
It’s been 17 years since I feasted on anything that had a face or parents, and Thanksgiving is definitely not an exception. In fact, I think it’s an opportunity to celebrate the real meaning of the day, and it doesn’t have to revolve around a dead bird.
Instead of eating a turkey, how about adopting a turkey? For just $30, you can sponsor a turkey through Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization.
“Save a life this Thanksgiving, and join me in starting a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one through Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project.” – Ellen DeGeneres, Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 Adopt-A-Turkey Project spokesperson
Your contribution will go toward the care of animals at the organization’s New York or California facilities, and in return you get a color photo of your adopted bird buddy and fun info about him or her.
Plus you get the satisfaction of knowing you did something that honors life, and that if they could, these birds would express their thankfulness to you for that.
How about giving turkey sponsorships to your friends to celebrate your gratitude this Thanksgiving? We’re always trying to think of something different and thoughtful to give to those people on our Christmas list who have everything. Do they have an adopted turkey? Probably not!
If you decide to celebrate turkeys this year, you’ll be in good company! On Wednesday, Farm Sanctuary submitted a petition with close to 14,000 signatures to President Obama, urging the White House to send the two turkeys who will be pardoned in a ceremony next week to their world-class shelter in Watkins Glen, New York. The petition asserts that the shelter is uniquely equipped to provide the expert care necessary for the health, comfort and longevity of these birds.
Want to learn more about celebrating a compassionate Thanksgiving? Here are a few links to get you started:
Farm Sanctuary’s Compassionate Thanksgiving Recipes