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little girl feeding a turkey

Americans are fortunate indeed, and have many reasons to give thanks and show appreciation for all that we have been given, and all of the opportunities that await. Unfortunately, our annual celebration of our abundance of food and resources results in the slaughter of at least 45 MILLION turkeys every year, with over 20 million more slaughtered for Christmas. Many Americans are starting to question the ethics of animal slaughter as a center of celebration and are adopting more compassionate, healthy, and peaceful traditions.

The great news is that there are many companies making vegan turkey alternatives for the holidays. They are easy to prepare, taste great, and are far more healthy and nutritious than eating the body of a dead bird.

Here are some fun ideas that we think will help you come up with your own Thanksgiving feast, without featuring violence as the main attraction.

1. Use a turkey made of vegetables for a centerpiece (see below)

2. Serve one of the many vegan turkey or holiday roasts as the main dish - - let a turkey live.

3. Watch a movie like "My Life as a Turkey" with your family.

4. Visit a farm animal sanctuary and meet a living turkey face to face.

5. Try making some totally new dishes that you have never tried before using in-season Thanksgiving holiday foods (see below for recipe ideas).

vegan holiday foods

Why Not a Real Turkey?

Watch this informative famout video by popular Youtuber Erin Janus to find out.

Erin Janus Turkey Day video

Did you know...

Turkeys are smart

* Turkeys have a field of vision that ranges about 270 degrees, can see in full color, and can even see ultraviolet light.

* Wild turkeys can fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour and run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. (Unfortunately, factory farmed turkeys can’t fly at all.)

* Turkeys enjoy exploring and can remember the detailed geographic content of 1,000 acres.

* Turkeys are affectionate and sensitive. They love to be petted, held, and even hugged.

* A turkey’s head and facial features actually change color, turning red, pink, blue, or white depending on their mood. When calm, they’re gray or blue. When excited or angry, they turn red.

* They’re music lovers. It’s true! These birds love gobbling along to their favorite jams and even dancing!

* Turkeys spend lots of time with their families, so of course, they feel sad when a member of their family passes away—just as humans do.

* Turkeys are born with instincts that allow them to distinguish which insects are dangerous to eat and which snakes are poisonous—they can do this and so many other things without having to be taught. That’s more than we humans can say!

* Scientists have found more than 20 distinct vocalizations in wild turkeys, and the birds recognize each other based on their unique voices.

* Benjamin Franklin admired these “birds of courage” so much, that he believed that they should be named the national bird of the US instead of the bald eagle.

* Turkeys Are "People" Too! Turkeys have personalities, just as dogs and cats do. According to Oregon State University poultry scientist Tom Savage, turkeys are social and playful. Genevieve, a rescued turkey, comes when she is called, loves classical music and dances to the flute.

Centerpiece Ideas

Some people are afraid they will miss having a turkey as a centerpiece on their holiday table. Well if your delicious vegan foods aren’t quite decorative enough, here are some fun and creative ideas for vegan turkey centerpieces that we found on the internet. Just do a search on the web, and we’re sure you’ll come up with a fun and beautiful creation of your own!

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A New Tradition

The most important thing to remember is that YOU are the master of your own universe… the writer of your own story. And through your actions, you can help others find their own compassion and create new beginnings. The past has not served us well, and it certainly has not served the animals well, so it’s up to us to create a better future and give up old traditions that do not represent the world we want to live in going foward. It’s up to all of us to create a plant that is Better For Us All!

kids petting rescued turkey

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