This is a conflicted time for our family. My daughter being a vegetarian and my sister and brother in law, the vegans, don’t want to think about turkeys being slaughtered for Thanksgiving. My parents will have a turkey. How the bird gets cooked and carved is for the carnivores in the family only. In an effort to off-set the killing of many turkeys our family has decided to help save one. Really it’s about donating money to help care for a turkey that has been rescued from a factory farm. There are many such animals at Farm Sanctuary, a rescue in New York, Northern and Southern California. A visit to the sanctuary in Los Angeles led to my daughter’s vegetarianism a few years back. Where she learned “Animals are Friends, No Food”.
So my daughter choose this adorable turkey, named Martha to adopt. When I told my family about the adoption campaign at the dinner table (we were eating something vegetarian) both my kids were excited. My son, the carnivore, said he’d even pay the $30 fee. My daughter was let down at first when she realized adopting the turkey meant in name only and it wasn’t coming to live with us as a pet. Next, she had to think about putting her own money in to contribute to Martha’s care, which I said was the deal. However she came around and there was a $5 per child share with mom and dad picking up the last $20. It seemed fair. My daughter was so excited that she called and told her grandmother who adopted another turkey, Minerva while they were on the phone together. I wish my daughter would use those sales skills when it’s time to fundraise for her school. She hasn’t put it together that her grandma rescued Minerva but will be buying another bird, a dead one to eat.
We’ll see what happens…..That’s what makes holidays interesting.