Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why No Thanksgiving Turkey

With Thanksgiving coming up in the U.S. I just thought I'd take a moment to talk turkey. Or lack thereof. We don't eat turkey on Thanksgiving for the same reason we don't eat turkey (or any other meat) on any other day of the year. So no animals have to suffer purely for our own indulgence. Not when there are so many other amazing things to eat that are far less cruel. In fact if you look at the archives of this blog alone you'll find over 500 other things to eat. And for specific holiday ideas take a look at our past Thanksgiving posts here, here and here.

Many people say they have turkey on Thanksgiving because of tradition, but tradition is what you make it. We've made a tradition of having a meatless Thanksgiving for 10 years now and this year will be no different. Check that. It will be different in that we'll introduce our son to this tradition and hope that he will carry it on himself one day.

7 comments:

VeganView said...

awesome post! I will read it again ad again!

Josh Baugher said...

Great post!

Here's a NPR story you may be interested in...

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving : NPR
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97137098&ft=1&f=1053

Gina said...

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's podcast episode about turkeys almost made me cry in the middle of the grocery store.

Hooray for turkey-less Thanksgiving!!

Melody Polakow said...

I'm sure your son will carry it on! I know for me, I've been making lasagna every thanksgiving since I was 11... (fortunately it has morphed into a vegan lasagna over the last several years!)..

Woohoo for a cruelty free thanksgiving..

Ari Schenck said...

Not only are there great reasons for no turkey on Thanksgiving, but there are so many more reasons not to celebrate Thanksgiving at all.

It really is an oxymoron to celebrate a compassionate Thanksgiving considering the violent, compassionless nature of the people that give us the holiday.

Brooke said...

Here's to a turkey-free (and any animal-free) holiday! We are making the cauliflower and mushroom potpie from VCon this year. Great post!

river2sea72 said...

Happy Vegan Thanksgiving, Chris! We're off to cook ours with like-minded family :)