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Today, in the U.S., we celebrate Thanksgiving. The history and the reason for the holiday have become muddy for many but its core is being thankful for provision and survival. Somewhere along the way, the turkey, and feasting, became a focus of the day even though, in the United States, there are so many aspects to life that are worthy of being thankful for. As vegans, the thought of millions of turkeys being manipulated to grow as fast and fat as possible and then slaughtered, is painful.
We are enjoying this day with our two grown children and their lovely boyfriend/girlfriend – and not an animal product in sight. We have a day of being together, enjoying each other, American football, and feasting.
There is something wonderful about having this celebration of gratitude being consistent with our values of compassion and not requiring the sacrifice of animals to be a celebration.
Give thanks today. Celebrate today. But, if you are eating turkeys (or any animals) please take some time to think about them.