Say what you will about being vegan, the turkeys in this video are about to warm your heart.
Instead of being on the menu, these turkeys at Farm Sanctuary got their very own Thanksgiving feast!
Nation Shelter Director Susie Coston told Huffington Post, “Instead of having the turkey be a meal, we’re actually celebrating the life of a turkey.”
Turkeys are served kale salad, perfectly roasted acorn squash, and then pumpkin pie as a dessert. Event attendees are invited to cuddle up with the precocious birds, which animal advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau describes as transformative: “Their desire to experience joy, their desire to live… is no different than our cats and dogs.”
The nationwide movement to think of farm animals differently has been gaining momentum in recent years, with the help of folks like Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. (Learn more about how she fits farm animals with 3D printed prosthetics here.) She says, “Most of the world doesn’t fully understand it. They think of them as just farmed animals, but we hope that that changes,” Brown says. “And that’s part of the magic of what we do here.”
What sort of Thanksgiving feast will you be having today? Please SHARE if you think more people should follow Farm Sanctuary’s example.