I hope that you are having a wonderful week so far!
I have a confession to make: I AM REALLY GRUMPY! It took me a minute to figure out why I cannot snap out of this horrible mood, and then I realized that Thanksgiving is only one week away. Some of you may be wondering why this holiday would possibly be anything less than something to be excited about, but let me explain it to you from a vegan point of view.
*Let me start by saying that I know that not all vegans feel the way that I do. There are some people who are vegan for their health or the environment and may not care about the animals. When I say vegan in today’s blog, I mean the ethical vegans who are in it for the animals.
I have decided that the holidays are the hardest part of the year for ethical vegans. Somehow in our society we have decided that it is impossible to celebrate and to be thankful without a dead animal in our mouths: gelatin and dairy for Halloween, turkey for Thanksgiving, pigs for Christmas and cows for the 4th of July.
And because our society is built upon these traditions, there is no escaping it. When you go to the store, there are signs celebrating that “the turkeys are coming” and employees gleefully running around with turkey-leg headbands. I will never understand why we count down the days until the dead corpses arrive at our stores for us to eat! And do we actually think that these sentient beings are smiling and are happy about being bred, tortured and killed so that we can enjoy them for dinner?! And did you know that turkeys are babies when they are killed?
*This sign was in front of Trader Joe’s last week and their employees were wearing turkey-leg headbands.
*This was a flyer inside of Jimbos today. I am so glad that their cute turkeys “don’t do drugs!”
As if going to the store wasn’t bad enough, it seems that every non vegan is talking about “Turkey Day”. They are planning their entire week around cooking their turkey! We had a power outage in our neighborhood this week and the biggest concern was what was going to happen to the turkeys in people’s fridges.
And how can an ethical vegan possibly attend a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, while sitting there staring at the corpse on the table, knowing what that animal went though to get where it is?! You see, an animal only has one life (that I know of) and I think it is incredibly selfish of us humans to take that away from them, for a fleeting pleasure on one’s tongue (and the irony is that it isn’t even good for us!!! But that is for another day).
So that is where my bad mood has come from. I plan on trying to stay away from the grocery stores as much as possible next week and to enjoy a vegan dinner on Thanksgiving with my family. IT IS ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE TO CELEBRATE WITHOUT PAYING SOMEONE ELSE TO KILL AN INNOCENT BEING.
I don’t want to leave you on a bad note, so here are some fun facts about turkeys to make your day:
- Turkeys enjoy hearing music and will sometimes chirp along.
- They can run up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
- Turkeys are highly social and very affectionate. They create lasting friendships with each other.
- They have unique voices, which is how they recognize each other.
- Turkeys have great geography skills and can learn the precise details of an area up to 1,000 acres.
- They love to be petted.
- Newborn turkeys search and call for their mother; they never get to be with them.
Please consider leaving these beautiful animals off your dinner table this year. I am here to help if you need holiday, meal ideas. ❤