Is a Vegetarian Thanksgiving Really Possible?
Come on, let’s get real. What do you think of first when you hear the information “Thanksgiving?” For most of us, it’s roast turkey spread out upon a table with gravy. That used to be the old me. But not since I became vegetarian. Not since I became “aware” of the experiencing of animals and the cruelty of factory farms.
And I’m not the only one. At this time of the year, all over the country, there is a celebration called “ThanksLiving.” People get together for a fun day of compassionate eating by skipping the turkey and all things made of meat.
Did you know that 300 million turkeys are killed in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday? They use their short lives crammed in cramped sheds with little room to move around. They’re artificially inseminated, then bred to gain enormous amounts of weight. They suffer heart attacks, broken limbs, lameness, and death from this genetically-induced accelerated rate of growth. Is this a humane way to treat an animal? I don’t think so.
Damon Brasch, owner of a vegan restaurant celebrating a meatless Thanksgiving, says, “The ThanksLiving celebration is not just for vegetarians and vegans. It’s for everyone. We had many many many omnivores come last year who said that this was one of the best Thanksgiving meals they ever had.” And as a participant at last year’s event, I can give evidence to that the food was delicious – virtually to the gourmet level. The turkey substitute was made from seitan, a wheat gluten, and was ultra-tasty.
It is just possible that a restaurant or two is celebrating a vegetarian Thanksgiving in or near your home town. If you live in an urban area, the likelihood increases exponentially. The best thing is to go online and do a search for the name of your city and the keywords: “vegetarian thanksgiving” or “vegetarian thanksliving.” You just may be surprised at what you find!