Thanksgiving Lite

Turning the Tide for Turkeys




photo courtesy of the Farm Sanctuary

Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the chopping block.

The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm.

At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.”

Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s not necessary to be a president to pardon a turkey.


Source: FarmSanctuary.org/giving/adopt-a-turkey


This article appears in the November 2016 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Aromatherapy Makes Everything Better

Spa Terme Di Aroma is a holistic day spa in Old City inspired by the great centers of healing and meditation of the ancient Mediterranean world. It was founded in 1997 by psychologist Jim Leemon and his wife, Gail, a registered nurse.

You Matter Marathon—No Running Required

There is a sense today that we cannot simply rely upon government or industry to supply all our needs or support all the people that require assistance in society.

Grand Opening of Jointed Wellness Brings Cannabis Solutions

Newly opened Medicinally Jointed Wellness, South Philly’s newest alternative healing center for restorative health, makes it easy for patients to get the help they need from the latest cannabis-derived therapies (CDB).

Professional Yoga Teacher Training on Two Levels

Yoga on Main (YOM), the longest-running studio in the Philadelphia area, established in 1992, is beginning a 200-hour yoga teacher training program from January 25 through May 25, 2019, and an advanced 300-hour program from January 1 through December 7, 2019

Learn Turiya Meditation with Robert McLaughlin

Robert McLaughlin has been teaching meditation since 1974. He will present a free introductory lecture on Turiya Meditation from 7 to 8:30 p.m., November 9, at Mandala, and November 14 at The Centre for Well-Being.

Add your comment: