So I am not from the States, I have only lived here 5 years. I have come to love and hate the Thanksgiving celebration.
I do LOVE to take one special day of the year to reflect on what we have, and to give thanks for those around us. I think it is a beautiful tradition and I have learned to adopt it as my own too.
However, the commercialization of Thanksgiving seems to revolve around the mass consumption of Turkey. According to PETA “300 million turkeys raised and killed for their flesh every year in the United States. That is more than 45 million turkeys each year at Thanksgiving alone and more than 22 million at Christmas”
Wow. Really? Does the celebration have to revolve around the eating of Turkeys? I mean I understand its cultural significance, as well as the symbolism involved nowadays, but as an “evolving” species we cando better than that? can’t we? I certainly don’t plan on eating turkey this year (neither did we consume turkey last year) This year I plan to make a lentil “meatloaf” which recipe I will share with you next week.
Now I am not saying you are in any way a “bad person” for eating turkey, I am just saying that – as always – we need to be responsible on our decisions. Do you know where the turkey you are eating came from? Do you know in which conditions it grew? Was it given antibiotics and hormonal enhancers? I recommend you to (If you really need a turkey) go local and have that conversation with your farmer.
But if you, like me, rather give turkeys a break and help toward the improvement of their lives (because hey news flash! they are lives too and I’m going to go ahead and say it, #TurkeyLivesMatter) you can ADOPT A TURKEY. Yes with Farm Sanctuary Adopt a Turkey Program you can give these little birds a break.
From Farm Sanctuary web page
Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has encouraged people to save a turkey at Thanksgiving through sponsorships that help us rescue animals and provide care for them at our sanctuaries, as well as educate and advocate for turkeys and other farm animals everywhere.
We are offering two types of sponsorships this year: our standard adoption and our new memorial adoption, in loving memory of our friend Turpentine. For just $30, you can sponsor Christina, Jackie, Robin, Pamela, or Pepper, and for a one-time donation gift of $50 you can pay homage to Turpentine.
As a turkey sponsor, you will receive a special Adopt a Turkey certificate with a color photo of and fun details about your new friend.
- Turkeys are related to the T-Rex (yeah, I bet you wouldn’t be picking on it if you knew big cousin would come after you huh?)
- Turkeys sleep in trees to keep away from predators (unfortunately humans are equally as good climbing trees)
- Only male turkeys gobble!
- And if you can tell by that then know that according to The Smithsonian a turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings–males produce spiral-shaped poop and females’ poop is shaped like the letter J.
- I believe I can fly! yep, wild turkeys can fly.
- Apparently Benjamin Franklin was a huge fan of Turkeys. According to the Franklin Institute, he wrote in a letter to his daughter:
“For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly…like those among men who live by sharping and robbing…he is generally poor, and often very lousy. Besides, he is a rank coward; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow, attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district…For in truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America. Eagles have been found in all countries, but the turkey was peculiar to ours…”
So, regardless of what you choose to do, Happy Thanksgiving!