Thankful for Turkeys

A turkey helped me stay vegan when I was doubting my decision.

I grew up eating animals and loved the flavors and textures. It was a big part of my life – my dad’s southern cooking, my mom’s midwestern deliciousness: Pork chops, BBQ ribs, scrambled eggs, cheesy casseroles, I loved all of it.

So going vegan at 18 was really hard. It was a phase at first, an experiment, and at a certain point I was feeling like I had to decide if I was going to keep going or if I was going to give it up.

I went to Farm Sanctuary to check in with the animals, since that was who I was doing it all for anyway. There was this rescued turkey there, who ran up to me and let me pet him. He closed his eyes and purred, pushing his head up into my hand, like a cat. After that moment, I never doubted my decision to go vegan, ever again.

Thank you, dear turkey. Here’s to a future where Thanksgiving is about gratitude for a good harvest, not about hurting sweet little people like you and all the other animals we humans tend to forget love peace and good food just as much as we do.

Click here for Gentle Thanksgiving recipes.

Meet the turkeys at Farm Sanctuary, in New York or California, at this year’s Celebration for the Turkeys! Or, click here to “adopt” (sponsor) a rescued turkey.

Photo: Rhonda, a rescued turkey


A Day that is truly for Turkeys

This year you can watch Farm Sanctuary’s Annual Feeding of Turkeys Ceremony LIVE video stream Sun. Nov. 20 2:30 pm EST, at

More info:

And here’s some info about how to plan and cook up a gentle Thanksgiving. Hope you all have a peaceful and happy holiday!

Yet another delicious vegan Thanksgiving option: Food for the Planet

Originally uploaded by Shira Golding

Join Food for the Planet for a vegan feast with local foods and local vegans!

House made tofuturkey, created with local tofu, quinoa stuffing, roasted leeks and root vegetables, desserts and beverages will be available at a fixed price of $18 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 years old and under.

Please RSVP by November 22nd by calling (607)319-4977 or emailing Space is limited.

If anyone goes and takes photos or wants to tell us what you thought of the food, please comment!

Club Veg Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration

Club Veg is holding a Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration on Sunday, November 22, 4 – 7 pm, at the Varna Community Center on Routh 366 in Ithaca (just past Cornell on the right side).

Please make a reservation by emailing Stephanie at