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Farm Sanctuary: Celebrate Thanksgiving with the turkeys!

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 8:14 am in Farm Animals, wild turkeys.

Turkey dinner. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur, Farm Sanctuary
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I look forward to getting this press release every year. What can be more fun than celebrating Thanksgiving with the turkeys? What a blast! /Gary

ORLAND, Calif. – Nov. 17 – Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, will host its annual Celebration FOR the Turkeys at its shelter in Orland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21. At this popular event, part of the organization’s national Adopt-A-Turkey Project, participants gather to celebrate a cruelty-free Thanksgiving.

Turkey dinner. Photo by Connie Pugh, Farm Sanctuary
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As two of the oldest and largest vegan Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S., Farm Sanctuary’s Celebrations FOR the Turkeys at its California and New York Shelters attract hundreds from across the nation to meet friendly farm animals, mingle with like-minded people, enjoy inspiring presentations, and, of course, eat irresistible vegan food.

Attendees also participate in a unique Farm Sanctuary tradition: Feeding of the Turkeys ceremonies, in which sanctuary turkeys are the guests of honor and get to feast on their favorite treats: squash, pumpkin pie and cranberries. “The Thanksgiving season is a time to be grateful and cultivate traditions of benevolence,” said Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “At these events, we celebrate our capacity to share joy with all feeling beings.”

This year’s festive benefit features a candlelit gourmet dinner; entertainment; and special presentations from actress and animal advocate Daniela Sea, Farm Sanctuary California Shelter Director Leanne Cronquist, cookbook author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. Musician Jonathan Richman will perform.

Additionally, Farm Sanctuary’s Orland Shelter will be open for complimentary Thanksgiving themed tours Sunday, Nov. 22. Tours will take place every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations for these tours will be necessary.

Those wishing to attend the Celebration FOR the Turkeys may make reservations online at or by calling 607-583-2225 ext. 221. Space is limited, and reservations must be made by Nov. 13. The cost is $75 for adults and $35 for children.

The Adopt-A-Turkey Project ( seeks to end the suffering of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about their plight, and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday. This year’s celebrity spokesperson is actress Ginnifer Goodwin. Watch her Adopt-A-Turkey PSAs at

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts.

Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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One Response to “Farm Sanctuary: Celebrate Thanksgiving with the turkeys!”

  1. Chris Souchack Says:

    Genius!! I say!! Great idea!

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