In keeping with the life-affirming spirit of Thanksgiving, FARM’s president and founder, Alex Hershaft, faxed a letter to President Obama asking him to pardon ALL turkeys bound for White House dinners.

The letter thanks the president for granting reprieve to two turkeys and for making healthy eating a top priority for this administration, while urging him to do more than ceremoniously pardon turkeys. FARM asks Obama to create a new White House tradition by becoming “the first president to observe a truly nonviolent holiday season” by pardoning all turkeys.

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Each school semester, FARM’s Program Director, Michael A. Weber, is invited to several high schools and colleges in the Washington DC area to give a presentation about the implications of animal agriculture. Michael makes sure students are awake with the jarring question: “Do you believe it’s ethical to kick a dog in the face for pleasure?” From there, a spirited discussion unfolds about our society’s views on dogs vs. farmed animals. Why do humans treat certain animal species one way while treating other species another way?

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to encourage compassion for all sentient beings. It is a time to come together and experience the warmth of being loved. So if you’re inviting non-vegan friends over to celebrate, this is a great opportunity to provide delicious alternatives to cruel turkey dinners.

Holding a feed-in or a Pay-Per-View event is the ideal way to motivate others to live more compassionately. You could coordinate a public vegan dinner, host a private meal for friends and family, offer samples of bite-sized turkey alternatives to the public in a busy area, or hold a video event near a grocery store or on a college campus. Whatever your plans, be sure to share them with us! We would love to here how you are celebrating this year’s Gentle Thanksgiving.
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