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Talking turkey


Owen Pelroy November 23rd, 2011

While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us has that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life.

While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us has that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life.

And here are some good reasons:

—You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “Butterball”?

—Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

—Animal advocates, including some of your best friends, will cherish you.

—You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

—You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

—Your body will appreciate a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

Seriously, this Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables,  fruits and grains.

Our own dinner will feature a “Tofurky,” lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

An Internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” provides more recipes than you can imagine!

—Owen Pelroy
Oklahoma City

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11.23.2011 at 07:07 Reply

Before sitting down to your thanksgiving meal, I recommend watching a documentary called "Earthlings" with your whole family.  It's a safe bet there won't be many eating meat or much of anything after seeing that.  

What's that old quote?  If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be a vegetarian.

Perhaps instead of running to the market, those wishing for a traditional thanksgiving dinner should grab a bow and hunt their prey like the Native American's did.  No doubt the effort you put forth will make them all that more thankful on this holiday, and the suffering they'll witness in the eyes of their kill will make them much more respectful of the lives we all take for granted.

 

 
 
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