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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