A week from today is Thanksgiving. This holiday and it’s traditions are mainly about food and one food in particular:
A turkey is, like a dog or cat, a sentient being with thoughts, feelings and desires.
But unlike our companion animals, a turkey goes through a tremendous amount of suffering to end up in the grocery store and consequently on the Thanksgiving table. Turkeys are neglected, mutilated, and die a horrible death all so they can be the centerpiece on tables, and as people gorge themselves on the carcass of a sentient being that endured a gruesome fate.
We can stop this tradition and the cruelty involved. There are other foods that can be sought for those who want to look at this time of giving thanks in a different, more compassionate way. A way without supporting cruelty, a way to celebrate giving thanks with an abundance of compassion.
Instead of eating a turkey this Thanksgiving, it is possible to start a new tradition: Save a turkey. All traditional foods on the Thanksgiving table can be made animal product-free, cruelty-free with little effort.
If you are not vegan already, please think about the animal suffering that is involved during this holiday season and every day. The traditions of Thanksgiving is to be thankful for what we have, health, happiness, love and family. We should extend these privileges to all creatures that share this planet with us.