Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and for some, that means celebrating with a turkey dinner. Although this year, a concerning nationwide recall warned consumers of a salmonella outbreak in turkeys. Another reason leaving meat off your plate might be a good idea!
Katie Cleary’s World Animal News recently reported on Farm Sanctuary’s “Adopt a Turkey Project” and her nonprofit, Peace 4 Animals, felt compelled to sponsor a billboard campaign in Los Angeles promoting it, encouraging people to “adopt” a turkey this Thanksgiving rather than having one for dinner.
“I would always see advertisements on where to purchase a Turkey for Thanksgiving, but never anything about saving a turkey’s life,” states Katie Cleary, founder of Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News. “As millions of turkeys are killed each year for this one day, I felt something needed to be done to send a loud message to choose compassion on your plate and change the way we’re conditioned to think about farm animals in this country; to actually make a connection to what we are eating.”
The “Save a Life This Thanksgiving Adopt a Turkey” billboard is located on the 405 San Diego Freeway, near Inglewood Avenue, in Lawndale.
“Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday for vegetarians and vegans in the U.S., as up to 46 million turkeys are slaughtered for a feast that is supposed to be about gratitude and the celebration of life,” states Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur. “Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has challenged this violent tradition and sought to transform it with a more compassionate alternative through our ‘Adopt a Turkey Project.’”
Those who sponsored a turkey this year (only $35.00 to save a life, and $150 to save a flock!), can rest assured knowing the turkeys are in good hands with Farm Sanctuary, living peacefully at one of their three shelters, located either in Watkins Glen, NY, Los Angeles, CA, or Orland, CA.
“When you ‘adopt’ a turkey, you receive an adoption certificate which will remind people that turkeys are living, feeling animals who deserve to be treated with kindness,” continues Baur.
“Spreading awareness about plant-based diet is among the many critical issues Peace 4 Animals strives to address on a daily basis and we welcome the opportunity to support other like-minded organizations such as Farm Sanctuary to amplify the important message,” Cleary continues. “The holiday season is an ideal time to encourage people to incorporate a meat-free diet into their lives. Adopting a turkey –instead of having one for dinner – is a gratifying step in the right direction towards a more compassionate world.”
Please join Peace 4 Animals, WAN and Farm Sanctuary in making all your Thanksgivings a compassionate one.