Happy Thanksgiving, please celebrate this day with compassion.
To provide you with a traditional Thanksgiving meal 45 million turkeys have to die. It is impossible to image the full extent of this horror as you sit down to eat a roast that doesn’t really resemble a living creature. An intelligent sentient feeling being who only a matter of weeks ago, or maybe even only a few days if your turkey is fresh not frozen, lived and breathed and was aware, aware of the pain and suffering he or she endured in a factory farm, the extent of which despite shocking videos many people still fail to fully comprehend.
This Thanksgiving please choose life over death, kindness over cruelty and leave turkey off your plate.
Suggestions for vegan roast alternatives to turkey
https://www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-roasts-to-make-your-holidays-even-happier/ – Tomorrow make your Thanksgiving meal and celebration a more positive happier cruelty-free event knowing that no sentient creature had to suffer and die for your celebration.
This Thanksgiving celebrate turkeys as friends not food and adopt a turkey
Mckenna Grace Stands Up for Turkeys: “I Would Rather Love Them Than Eat Them”
Find out how you can adopt a turkey from Farm Sanctuary
I don’t think the majority of people would intentionally harm an animal, but if you eat meat including turkey you are contributing to the cruelty and death of billions of sentient beings who feel pain and suffer as you do. If you sit down to turkey at Thanksgiving you are complicit in the death of these sentient creatures, who are full of life, intelligent, curious, sensitive and brave: Benjamin Franklin referred to turkeys as “a bird of courage. He suggested that the turkey rather than the eagle be the national symbol of the US.
“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red coat on.”
Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his daughter.
Tradition and habits are hard to break but once you have you then wonder why you waited so long before doing so, particularly if your actions were causing harm. I am not from the US and don’t celebrate thanksgiving of course but the same problem returns for us all in about one month’s time at Christmas, when yet again turkey is a meal that is eaten traditionally or habitually. I am ashamed to say now that it took a few Christmases to realize that it does not matter what you eat as long as it does no harm to any animal.
I recall many years ago during the run up to Christmas while queuing in the butchers feeling very uncomfortable as I thought about ordering a Turkey. It occurred to me that by doing so I was condemning one particular turkey to death. This concept occurred to me more keenly than such would perhaps be experienced if I had gone to our local supermarket and bought one straight from the freezer section. But no my family always had a fresh turkey for Christmas. I salved my anxiety and indeed my conscience by telling myself that if I did not order a turkey than someone else would. But such thinking was not in the least convincing as of course no matter who else bought a turkey, my ordering a turkey would of course result in the death of a particular turkey somewhere along the line. Nonetheless I am ashamed to say, it took a few more years to finally make the decision to become vegetarian, this delay was mostly due to habit and what I now consider was very shallow thinking or rather not thinking. It seemed that Christmas would not be Christmas without a turkey. Thinking it seems is the key, or rather not thinking, which results in the perpetuation of an omnivorous diet, a diet consisting of meat and vegetables, a diet to which most people in the west are accustomed. I think few people intend to be cruel and they do so simply because of thoughtlessness. And again I am now ashamed to say it took a few more years after the initial thought to become vegetarian and eventually vegan, though the concern over meat eating had been present to some degree since childhood.
From early childhood I had questioned to some extent the eating of animals for food. My mother told me that once as a young child I was given a book with a story about a turkey, a book I thoroughly enjoyed and one which was read to me over and over and that all through Christmas dinner that year I cried “poor turkey, poor turkey” and would not eat a thing. I guess even at a young age the incongruity of books telling stories about animals and sitting down to eat one was obvious and that adults seemed unaware of such inconsistencies was also plainly bizarre. The problem being that as children we knew that killing and eating an animal was wrong, we just knew didn’t we that animals had lives of their own, where sentient and that they felt pain and wished to live. We didn’t need scientific validation, this is something we all knew as did our parents when they were young, yet they enforced meat eating as did their parents.
If you are in any doubt here is the reality of the cruelty behind your Thanksgiving dinner:
Warning some graphic images.
What Happens to Turkeys Used for Food Will Break Your Heart
More information from a recent blog post about the reality of suffering for turkeys to provide you with Thanksgiving and Christmas celebratory meals. Includes alternative recipe suggestions;
Please leave turkey off your plate tomorrow and every future Thanksgiving and Christmas.