The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals. ~Mahatma Gandhi.
Who’s Coming to Your Thanksgiving Dinner?
I love this holiday. I love being around family, resting, thinking about my Christmas decorations (yep, I start right after Thanksgiving) and eating lots of wholesome food. I also like taking a whole holiday to talk about all the many things we have to be grateful for. I love giving thanks—I try to do it every day as well. Just the fact that we wake up each day with air to breath and food to eat is enough to be thankful for.
Since I gave up eating animals, my list has grown longer. I have become more in tune with my life, and how I can affect others. This will be my second Thanksgiving without a turkey on my plate and I must say, it is so much more freeing without it. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat…a lot…but now I fill up on dishes that are good for me and that keep animals alive.
Thanksgiving brings about a lot of suffering. Billions of animals die every day for human consumption—but on this particular day, a day of giving thanks, it’s ironic that so many are killed for our celebrations.
Our society has numbed our minds to the fact that animals are living, breathing beings. I ate turkeys and other animals for over 20 years before I made the connection. We are so hidden from the facts and numbed to the suffering, that we can’t even see or imagine where the food actually comes from. I mean, once that animal is cooked, spiced, dressed up; it looks like dinner. But if you knew what that animal did before it reached your dinner table, you probably wouldn’t eat it.
Here are ten facts about Turkeys:
2. Researchers have identified more than 20 distinct vocalizations in wild turkeys.
3. Turkeys have excellent geography skills and can learn the specific details of an area of more than 1,000 acres.
4. Like cats and dogs, turkeys are intelligent and sensitive animals who form strong social bonds and show great affection to others.