Thanksgiving: Adopt a Turkey, Don’t Eat One!
I went vegetarian in July of 2007. Starting that Thanksgiving, I decided to institute a new holiday tradition: instead of eating a turkey, I sponsor one through Farm Sanctuary‘s Adopt-A-Turkey program. You donate $25 to them, and they send you a photograph of your sponsored turkey and a certificate. This year, the turkey I’m sponsoring is named Rhonda – isn’t she gorgeous?
I loved the idea of taking Thanksgiving – a holiday that most people celebrate around the body of a dead turkey – and turning it into an opportunity to help a turkey instead.
Obviously Jessica agrees, as she has been sponsoring turkeys since Thanksgiving of 2006. For the past couple years, she has adopted three turkeys each Thanksgiving – one for her & her boyfriend, one for her parents, and one for her brother & his girlfriend.
This year’s turkeys are:
Thanksgiving presents a really wonderful opportunity to showcase the season’s bounty of delicious plant-based foods, leaving us no reason to include a dead bird (or pig) on the table. Farm Sanctuary offers us a beautiful way to celebrate turkeys on Thanksgiving instead of using their bodies as part of a feast.
Head on over to Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey website to choose your turkey today!