With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is a great time to explore what this holiday means to the unfortunate centerpiece of the traditional omnivore’s table: the American turkey. Turkeys are actually intelligent, social, beautiful wild animals that, at one point in U.S. history, was on the brink of extinction. Today, wild turkeys still roam forests around the country and can live long, peaceful lives in farm sanctuaries. This holiday, please consider being extra creative with your dinner planning and avoid all meat, dairy and eggs and celebrate “Thanksliving.”
Interesting turkey facts (you can share around your turkey-free table):
- 45,000,000 years of evolution actually separates the turkey from a chicken.
- Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
- In the wild, turkeys can live up to 10 years (as opposed to less than a year on a turkey farm).
- Turkeys have between 5,000 and 6,000 feathers on their bodies.
- Benjamin Franklin never proposed the turkey as a symbol for America, but he did once praise it as being “a much more respectable bird” than the bald eagle.
- Turkeys are very athletic and are known to sleep in trees.
- Turkeys actually see in color.
- Turkeys are social, playful birds who enjoy the company of others. They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favorite tunes.
- There will be 45,000,000 turkeys killed this November in observance of Thanksgiving.
- There are 300,000,000 turkeys unnecessarily killed each year for food. Want to see what a “humane” killing looks like? Click here.
This Thanksgiving, try something new and Go Vegan.