The new meaning of Turkey-Day


Jessica Lewis

I don’t eat turkey, or any other meat for that matter. I get picked on a lot for being a vegetarian, and I had no idea why, until I got an e-mail invitation last week from another group of vegetarian individuals.

The e-mail didn’t say that the people sending it were non-meat eaters, but after reading it, I figured it was a save bet. The group invited me, and several other members of the media, to a Thanksgiving celebration for turkeys.

Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of eating turkey on Thanksgiving, this organization thought it would be a good idea to have a party for them. The Turkey-Day celebration takes place at a turkey sanctuary and includes activities like spending shelter time with the turkeys, eating a vegan feast and giving the turkeys their own Thanksgiving feast.

I suddenly realized why I get picked on for being a non-meat eater. I’m sure the intentions behind this event are good, but I think they’re taking it a little too far. If you don’t want turkey to be the main course on Thanksgiving, so be it, but planning an entire event for the turkeys is a little extreme. Assuming that turkeys need human interaction and a feast to celebrate a man-made holiday, seems really extreme, and when you include the fact that the event is very popular and has been sold out for weeks, well, I don’t know what to say. But I’m pretty sure if the turkeys were capable of comprehending what was going on, they would be confused too.