How to “Pardon” a Turkey (poster)

I am using the following post for a poster to put up around campus. If you are advocating on behalf of the turkey this Thanksgiving, let us know what you are up to.

Turkeys say, “We are beautiful! Please don’t eat us.”

Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, Susie Coston, says, “Most people don’t realize what great companions turkeys can be. They are social, sensitive creatures capable of feeling joy and pain much like one’s cat or dog. I can’t think of a better way to give thanks for all that we have than by protecting the most vulnerable creatures among us.”

For Thanksgiving alone, the U.S. consumes 45 million of these beautiful creatures. Almost all of them are born, live, and die in concentration farms, where they are treated as mere factory objects for the profit of farm corporations. Farmed animals are excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, all forms of cruelty being acceptable under law if they can be proven to be standard practice – which they usually are. While Americans would be outraged at similar treatment to dogs or cats, we don’t think twice about these lower-class animals.In this age, most turkeys do not get to celebrate Turkey Day. Those who have not already been slaughtered for Americans’ plates are enduring the same oppressed lives for the upcoming Christmas dinner. There is a better way to live thankfully; there is a better way to celebrate life.

How to “Pardon” an Innocent Turkey

  • Leave turkeys off your plate this Thanksgiving. An alternative is Tofurkey, which you can purchase at Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores. For other meal ideas, you can find plenty of recipes all over the internet. For example, check out this Chicken-Free Gravy recipe.
  • If you have not already, consider adopting a plant-based diet. Order a free Vegetarian Starter Guide at the Compassion Over Killing website,
  • Be part of Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project by sponsoring a turkey at $25. Visit
  • Learn more at
If you would like to get involved in vegan/vegetarian or animal advocacy at Georgetown, please contact me (you will be added to the mailing list).

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~ by Louëlla on November 20, 2009.

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