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Save a turkey — eat pie

October 27, 2011 - Terri Castelaz
I couldn’t let this one go by without letting the readers know about it before they buy their “bird” for Thanksgiving. It’s the Adopt-A-Turkey Project.

Like many of you, I was also unaware of this project, until I received an e-mail from the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization regarding this year’s campaign. Didn’t even know they had such an organization. Anyway this project isn’t new, it is now in its 25th year.

Many celebrities are long time sponsors of the programs including talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen is encouraging her fans instead of eating a turkey for Thanksgiving this year, to join her and adopting one from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project and “give a turkey something to be thankful for.”

This is how the adoption works, for a one-time donation of just $30, adopters or a recipient of their choice will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with a color photo of a rescued turkey at the Sanctuary’s shelters, who doesn’t want a color photo in the living room or better yet their dining room of a rescued turkey, in addition also get to read fun details about their adopted turkey. Great reading matter after they eat their non-turkey Thanksgiving dinner.

This year’s irresistible flock of “adoptable turkeys” include: Skip, who advises prospective adopters “When preparing Thanksgiving dinner, skip the turkey!;” Antoinette, who declares ”Let them eat squash!;” Elizabeth, who demurs “This Thanksgiving, give a turkey the royal treatment;” Victoria, who proclaims ”A holiday feast that’s cruelty-free is one fit for a queen;” Payton, who counsels “In a ton of ways, compassion pays;” Amelinda, who reveals “I’ll be having a happy Thanksgiving, thanks to kind people like you;” and Raphael, who pleads “Picture a more compassionate world. Start with Thanksgiving.”

Sounds good to me, adopt a turkey instead of eating one, less stress and more time get ready for early shopping, I’m just not so sure my family would go for it. I'll just make extra pumpkin pies, that will fill them up.


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