My favorite thing to do at my Thanksgiving meal is to place a photo of a rescued turkey from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A- Turkey Project smack in the center of things. It’s a great conversation starter, to say the least, and it will make the “absent referent” a little less absent. (An “absent referent” is feminist Carol Adam’s term which means the point of reference that remains missing – or in this situation, dead – but is an active participant nonetheless, in this case, because its being eaten.) Simply put, your family won’t be able to ignore your sponsored turkey if he or she is front and center. And that right there is great advocacy.
Of course, you might choose to keep your sponsored turkey just to yourself. Placing his or her photo and story in the middle of the table might not be your speed, and that’s totally fine too. But, I do recommend putting a delicious turkey-free entrée in the middle of the table, regardless. Nothing says “yum” like compassion.
By sponsoring a turkey through our Adopt-A-Turkey Project , you are helping to contribute much-needed funds to care for rescued residents at our shelters and advocate and educate for farm animals everywhere. The cost is $25 and you get to choose which guy or gal to call your own. (Or, sponsor the whole flock for $150.) They make great gifts, too (especially for your meat-eating relatives).
Remember, planting vegan seeds comes in a variety of forms – including sponsoring turkeys.