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I was just browsing Pinterest for Thanksgiving crafts and I’m kind of amazed at the amount of turkey projects. I think it’s kind of weird that we idolize turkeys and make all these happy go lucky looking turkeys, and then we slaughter them.


This year for school, M came home with a project to disguise a turkey as something else because Mr. Turkey didn’t want to get eaten. I can’t decide if it’s good they’re acknowledging turkeys don’t want to be killed and eaten, or if they’re just mocking the whole situation. (M disguised his turkey as a horse, I told him some people eat horse meat.)

Every year we adopt a turkey from Farm Sanctuary. This year, we adopted Tulip. We’re also having Thanksgiving dinner at home for the first time, and I’m really excited to create a cruelty-free menu.


As a society, we personify animals so much. We have stories, movies, cartoons, stuffed animals. Kids cry when Bambi’s mother dies, and then we feed them venison.

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