Thanksgiving for the Birds

Since the first Thanksgiving in 1621, turkey has been as much a part of the tradition as is giving thanks. But how can vegetarians participate in the spirit of Thanksgiving? Thanks to Farm Sanctuary, you can have your vegetarian Thanksgiving without eating the turkey, too.

Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has held its annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project to allow families across the country to adopt, rather than eat, a turkey for Thanksgiving. This unique effort has saved hundreds of turkeys from slaughterhouses, and encouraged millions of people to rethink their “traditional” Thanksgiving feast.

“We want to provide a positive alternative to vegetarians, many of whom find Thanksgiving to be a very depressing holiday,” says Gene Bauston, founder of Farm Sanctuary.

For a $15 donation, you will receive an adoption card and picture of your turkey; a one-year subscription to Farm Sanctuary‘s newsletter; and the satisfaction of knowing you saved the life of a feathered friend. Money raised through the Adopt-A-Turkey Project goes to the care of Farm Sanctuary turkeys, the rescue of more turkeys, and the “Thanksgiving for the Turkeys” feast. To participate, call 1-888-SPONSOR.

As part of the Adopt-A-Turkey program, Farm Sanctuary hosts vegetarian Thanksgiving celebrations for rescued turkeys. The turkeys are the guests of honor, instead of the main course, and guests dine on stuffed squash, cranberries, pumpkin pie and other vegetarian foods.

Now with Farm Sanctuary‘s Adopt-A-Turkey Project, you can have a turkey on Thanksgiving and every day of the year.

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