If I say “Thanksgiving,” what picture pops into your head? If you’ve seen enough holiday commercials this November, you probably imagined a table strewn with dishes and a big turkey in the middle of it all. But is this iconic bird really worth putting on your table this Thanksgiving? I know it won’t be on mine! Here are a couple of big reasons why you, too, might consider tossing out the turkey this year.
Save the Earth You Say Thanks For
It’s Thanksgiving! Time to celebrate by dumping 5,000 gallons of clean drinking water into the ocean.Wait, what?
It doesn’t make sense to celebrate Thanksgiving this way, but that’s basically what you’re doing when you buy your bird at the supermarket. National Geographic states that it takes close to 500 gallons of water to produce just one pound of poultry. For a ten pound turkey, that means you are indirectly consuming 5,000 gallons of fresh water.
This point really made me think twice, considering there are millions of people who have no access to clean drinking water. Should we be giving thanks by consuming more than our fair share? This year, I am saying thanks by respecting our environment saving our fresh water reserves.
You Won’t be the Only One Who’s Grateful
Turkey chicks being fed live into grinders, sick and injured birds left to suffer, and young turkeys having their beaks seared off. These are just a few of the horrors that happen in order to put the bird on your Thanksgiving table, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The inhumane treatment of turkeys raised for meat is well-known, but the American public keeps buying them anyway to satisfy their taste buds.
This Thanksgiving, say “no” to injustice. Say “no” to paying for the inhumane treatment of turkeys. This year, I’m making a stand against this animal abuse so that turkeys can have something to give thanks for.
Will You Really Miss the Turkey?
I have had three turkey-free Thanksgivings so far, and I have never once missed the turkey. There are so many great dishes to enjoy on Thanksgiving that tossing out the turkey isn’t a huge sacrifice. If you still want to have a lovely main dish, there are plenty of homemade and store-bought turkey alternativesthat taste great and look beautiful on the table. Some are even shaped like a turkey! I made a delicious tofu turkey last year, and I even had leftovers for turkey-less sandwiches.
Thanksgiving is a day to be grateful for what we have, not to take more than we need. The planet and the animals that inhabit it shouldn’t have to suffer for us to say “Thank you.” This year, make a small sacrifice. The world will thank you for it.