What better way to flip tradition on its head than to supporting the life, independence, and happiness of a rescued turkey instead of eating one this Thanksgiving? Farm Sanctuary of Watkins Glen, New York is a place which provides safety, care, and love for rescued farm animals. During this holiday season, I would like to promote their efforts and philosophy by asking you to consider adopting a turkey!
This time of year we find ourselves and others around us pitching in to care for those who are less fortunate, yet it is all too easy to overlook one of the most glaringly obvious acts of kindness we can make every time we prepare a meal: choosing not to participate in the needless suffering of other beings.
I encourage everyone to talk to the important people in your life about why you are grateful to be a vegan, be involved in ethical ventures and causes, or to have the freedom to make such lifestyle choices. Also: to ask our fellow humans to not allow tradition or taste buds to become more important than the life and autonomy of another living creature.
For some resources on navigating the holidays as a vegan, as well as other social situations, please check out the Vegetarian Resource Group and Living Vegan for tips. And have a magnificent, vegan holiday!