In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, let’s talk turkey.
President George Washington declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1789 with these words:
“Thanksgiving is a time to rediscover the spiritual being within and draw strength from our founders and political zealots whose prolific faith has created a nation that we as well as our progeny will be proud of.”
Our founders were a group of men who desired to establish a land of free thinkers. They believed in “the freedom of the soul to choose between what is right and what is wrong.” Washington intended for Thanksgiving to be a time of reflection, a time to “rediscover the spiritual being within,” a time to be thankful for health, family, freedom, and life.
This Thanksgiving, consider if your “spiritual being within” is at ease with the way 46 million turkeys are inhumanely raised and slaughtered. Decide if supporting this treatment of our fellow creatures is something “we as well as our progeny will be proud of.” Is the way we treat these animals a proper way to show our thanks for freedom and life?
This Thanksgiving, consider not eating turkey. (Yep, I said it.)
To most people this is a frightening thought. What would you possibly eat on Thanksgiving, if not turkey? After all, it’s TRADITION. But let’s please remember that Thanksgiving is not meant to be about meat! It’s about family, friends, country, and giving thanks.
So this year, gather with your loved ones and give thanks by giving back, not by taking. Load up on mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls, (meatless) stuffing, and of course, pumpkin and pecan pie! And here are 10 more delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes to enjoy. Embrace the true spirit of the holiday by celebrating life – nothing tastes better than that!
If you’re really feeling inspired this Thanksgiving, you can adopt a turkey. Instead of paying for that Butterball, save a life!