You read that right.
At this California sanctuary, the turkeys are the guests of honor -- not the meal. They're served high-quality vegan Thanksgiving foods on little turkey-sized tables, and onlookers gawk and "awww" as the birds go to town on their vegan plates.
This is at Farm Sanctuary in Acton, California. President and Co-Founder Gene Baur said he came up with this idea -- which is officially called Celebration for the Turkeys -- after struggling with the holiday and feeling like he couldn't participate. Baur said Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday for vegans and vegetarians, who think it's cruel to celebrate "around the dead body of an animal," as he put it.
"This is where the turkeys are the guests of honor, not the main course," Baur said.
However you feel about veganism, this is a pretty cute event. The resident turkeys come waddling out, guided by volunteers holding plates of food. And what, exactly, does a vegan Thanksgiving dinner for turkeys consist of? It's pureed pumpkin, cranberries, grains, and leafy greens. The turkeys eat well.
It's over in a few minutes because, well, they're turkeys. They get distracted, and start grazing on the grass. Folks get their last pictures in, and the volunteers reappear to usher and scoot the guests of honor back to their homes. Want to participate but can't make it to this farm? Farm Sanctuary lets you adopt a turkey, instead, through their Adopt A Turkey program.
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