There are two “traditions” that come together to form the holiday known as Thanksgiving: the tradition of killing millions of turkeys and the tradition of killing deer and other wildlife. There are other traditions, of course: holiday parades and football games come to mind; visits to family and friends. But those typically do not involve death and environmental destruction. They don’t involve our losing ourselves in the violence of factory farming and sport hunting.
Yes, violence—violence not just to the environment and the animals but to ourselves. We lose part of who we are when we destroy nature. We lose a bit of ourselves when we celebrate death over life.
This Thanksgiving holiday celebrate life. You may feel as though you’re the only one out there who will be, but you’re not alone. For many people, when they think about it, they realize…Thanksgiving should be a time of celebration, not a time of mourning. Find them in your neighborhood, in your schools, in your community and celebrate with them.