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  • Writer's pictureNashville Animal Advocacy

Choose A Compassionate Holiday

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

Why should we change our beloved tradition of serving up a turkey as the centerpiece for our Thanksgiving feast, you ask? The most obvious answer is because turkeys are complex and emotional, sentient individuals who value their own lives and have no desire to be a part our rituals. As a purported civilized society, we routinely hold up extremely barbaric actions as justifiable traditions, revealing our moral inconsistencies in our stated values of respecting life. We can change that.

In industrial farms, turkeys are subjected to painful mutilations such as debeaking and cutting off their snoods and toes. This is done as a means to reduce the injuries caused by aggression that stems from boredom and their high stress environmental conditions. Nonetheless, infighting continues. Turkeys aren't even afforded federal animal welfare protections.

Image Credit: Omer Shoshan/We Animals Media

Did you know that factory farmed turkeys are fed antibiotics to promote artificial growth [fatten 'em up and kill 'em young] and as an attempt to control the transmissible diseases they carry due to a weakened immune systems from filthy and stressful confinement? Antibiotic resistant superbugs, anyone?

Turkeys are still babies, 4-5 months of age, when they are violently packed onto transport trucks headed for slaughter. They are forced into tiny crates, even during extreme heat and inclement weather, for hundreds of miles. Turkeys endure pure misery and violence for their entire short lives simply so we can enjoy a few moments devouring their flesh.

Image Courtesy Amy Pruett

Start A NEW TRADITION for Thanksgiving, and every day by adopting a plant-based diet and choosing compassion for animals. A variety of vegan holiday roasts are widely available at most grocers, they usually begin popping up on the shelves in October through December.

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