This Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will sit down at tables ladened with food. Will a dead bird be one of the items, maybe even the centerpiece, on those tables? Sadly, the answer is yes. How can we celebrate a day that bids us give thanks when we are systematically killing millions of animals, many of whom suffered inordinate pain and trauma during their short, factory-farmed lives?
Thanksgiving celebrations should be life-affirming and joyous. When giving thanks, we should reflect on our care and concern for the planet and all her inhabitants. Celebrating abuse and suffering just doesn’t seem festive. Few who follow a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle can rejoice when they see what is happening at factory farms around the country. Only when we embrace the true meaning of Thanksgiving, a time of fellowship and love—for all animals—will we be able to celebrate fully and completely.
Join many of us who will sit down to tables also ladened with food but not ladened with misery. Join the vegan/vegetarian movement. For when you think about, Thanksgiving should be about celebrating life, not devouring death.