Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Meet My New Daughter Serendipity


"I thank my lucky stars every time you choose compassion over cruelty."

This Thanksgiving, (and every Thanksgiving), I am vowing not to eat turkey! Who needs it, when there are plentiful plates of stuffing, potatoes, green beans and cranberry dressing?

Each year, Americans take part in the often cruel and pointless tradition of sending over 45 million of these gentle animals to slaughter. A process that is almost always inhumane and without care from the day these sweet turkeys are born.
While the meat eating side of my family purchased a turkey this year, from an organic, free-range, "compassionate", local farm; I would still like to do my part in acknowledging the innate dignity of animals, and that is why I have adopted Serendipity from Farm Sanctuary. (Isn't she cute!?) This wonderful organization runs two farms, one in New York, and the other in California, and provide rescue, education and advocacy for the humane treatment and respect of farm animals.
If we move somewhere that is zoned for livestock, I will jump at the chance to actually bring Serendipity home, but until then, I will just be glad that she is safe.
You can do your part too, adopt a turkey this holiday season or support one of the many cows, pigs and sheep, to name just a few, that Farm Sanctuary rescues and cares for.
We're humans people, and while sure, maybe meat does taste good to you, it's time to realize that being the most evolved animal out there doesn't give us the right to treat those below us with cruelty and terror.
Or maybe we're not so evolved after all......

I suggest reading THIS, it give testimony to turkeys and their sweet personalities.

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

Sadly, your kindness has been countered by my cruelty. Not only am I eating a turkey this Thanksgiving, I am eating a Turkey that I got from the farmer's co-op.

Being a co-op, the price to pay for getting a farm-raised free-range turkey is that you need to do your part in processing it. In my case, if I wanted to get that co-op discount, I had to take care of Tom Turkey.

I guess when you are raised in a rural community, or "on the farm", you have a different outlook on things. Personally, the difference between myself and millions of other Americans is that I know EXACTLY where my turkey came from, and that it's about as local and organic as you can get.

So, Lauren, I'm terribly sorry I killed a turkey. I'll make it up to you by not eating Ham for Christmas.