The Turkey Page
A Holiday Reminder
Way back in the day...back when we were in a considerably more archaic mindset, we instituted an American tradition that many still practice today. We decided that on Thanksgiving Day - or on any other special holiday of choice - we would celebrate our good fortune by sharing a meal with our loved ones that featured a dead bird in the middle of the table.
It's time to move on, people.
As our consciousness expands, we can all begin to realize that these beautiful, curious and intelligent animals have their own lives to live here...and we can find more peaceful, evolved and delicious alternatives to killing and eating turkeys.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a celebration of all we’re thankful for. And yet, ironically, a turkey on the table represents a level of violence and brutality that is in direct conflict with the peaceful and harmonious existence we’re supposed to be celebrating.
Instead, we can make a tremendous statement of peace and compassion by simply opting for a vegan version of the old holiday favorite. (More on this in a moment.)
So please...consider the following:
The Harsh Realities:
50 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving
Over 99% of these turkeys are from the factory farm system.
Click here for a short video that details the agonizing plight of turkeys.
Compassionate AND delicious alternatives:
Two of the most widely available vegan turkey alternatives are Tofurkey and UnTurkey. Both are surprisingly delicious and available at many health food markets and specialty shops.
Tofurky offers a full line of traditional holiday meal alternatives.
The Unturkey is so good that many actually prefer it over the classic Tofurkey.
The Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast
Of course, a prepared vegan turkey from the market is not your only option here. If you (or someone you know) likes to cook, you can take it as far as you want and prepare a killer vegan Thanksgiving feast from scratch.
I personally have enjoyed a a tradition over the past several years of sharing a 100% plant-based Thanksgiving dinner with my vegan compadres in Santa Barbara. With my friend, Deborah, as the primary chef, here's an example of the '06 meal. It was landmark, people!
from upper left: wasabi mashed potatoes, vegan mushroom gravy, stuffing
baked in squash,
Are you waiting for the turkeys themselves to ask you to leave them alone? Wait no more.
(From the wire: Thu Nov 23, 2006 4:24 PM ET)
RAMSEY, N.J. - Some wild turkeys, it appears, were trying to get out of New Jersey before Thanksgiving Day. A spokesman for the NJ Transit said train officials reported a dozen or so wild turkeys waiting on a station platform in Ramsey, about 20 miles northwest of New York City, on Wednesday afternoon. The line travels to Suffern, N.Y.
"For a moment, it looked like the turkeys were waiting for the next outbound train," said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for NJ Transit. "Clearly, they're trying to catch a train and escape their fate."
Transit workers followed the bird's movements on surveillance cameras. "I have no idea how they got there," Stessel said.
A Ramsey police dispatcher said the department had received three calls about the traveling turkeys who also were blamed for causing morning rush hour traffic problems on a roadway.
"From time to time, I've heard calls that there are turkeys on the loose," said Erik Endress, president of the Ramsey Rescue Squad, a volunteer group. "Maybe they're trying to make a break."
Let's Make All of Our Meals a Statement of Peace and Compassion!