If you want to have a healthy and cruelty-free Thanksgiving — please consider Going Gentle this year.  You can celebrate life instead of biting dead bodies.

Here’s the why of wanting a Gentle Thanksgiving:

The nearly 300 million turkeys killed each year in the U.S. spend their entire lives crammed in large sheds with little room to move. Artificially inseminated and selectively bred to gain enormous amounts of weight, they suffer heart attacks, broken limbs, lameness, and death from their genetically-induced accelerated growth rate.

Factory farm conditions are so harsh that the turkeys must be pumped full of antibiotics just to stay alive. Shortly after birth, they have their snoods and parts of their toes and beaks cut off with hot blades, without the use of anesthetic, to reduce damage from from stress-induced aggression. They are then delivered by conveyor belt to a carousel where they get a power injection, usually of an antibiotic, whacked into the back of their necks.

Tofurkey is a great, cruelty-free, option for honoring your day of thanks.

If you’re concerned about meeting your daily protein requirement without eating animals, you can rest assured knowing a traditional American diet is high in protein without swallowing muscle:

Many people are unnecessarily concerned about ‘getting enough’ protein. This concern is misplaced as most Americans consume an excessive amount of protein. This has two significant drawbacks: byproducts of proteins for excretion stress the kidneys unnecessarily; also, extra protein translates into extra calories that will be stored as body fat. The average protein RDA (recommended daily allowance) for an adult male is 63 grams and 50 grams for an adult female; but the average consumption for an Americans is 103 grams, of which 70 grams comes from animal sources.

If you still aren’t convinced that going Cruelty Free this year is for you, here’s some visual evidence documenting the quality of the flesh you’re shredding in your teeth:

If you just can’t live with the taste of a dead life on your tongue this year — perhaps you’ll consider having a Gentle Thanksgiving next year?

6 Comments

        1. Cheese is a hard thing for many to give up — and since there isn’t really a perfect Vegan substitute, it can be a large barrier to “total” Veganism.

          Good news on the Vegan Infant! That should be both a pleasure and a challenge to make happen!

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