46 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving. My friend Chloe told me this statistic and showed me this awesome art campaign that wants to create a remembrance of those turkeys and bring awareness to the fate they have during the holiday season.
When I brought this information to one of my classmates, they told me that they feel badly, but eating turkey is part of their family’s tradition. I think a lot of people feel this way.
I grew up eating turkey on Thanksgiving, as well as mashed potatoes that had milk and butter in them and non-vegan pumpkin pie. But for me, the tradition isn’t made by the food. Thanksgiving at my house is really just an excuse to get together with all of my extended family. We have those poppers, where one person takes one end and the other takes the other end and you pull, and it pops and inside is a paper crown and a little toy. It seems like there are always at least 10 little kids running around, and we take lots of pictures and love being with each other.
I know other people have different experiences and traditions, and maybe the turkey dinner really is a large part of that. But when it comes down to it, on a day I am supposed to be giving thanks, I want to be appreciative of all of Earth and its creatures. I want to show respect to my fellow beings and know that my dinner table does not contribute to the 46 million lives that are taken on Thanksgiving.
Here are some links to websites that can give you ideas and recipes for your vegan Thanksgiving!