By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Well, gobble, gobble, I just finished posting a piece on heritage turkeys raised by small-scale farmers for you ethical omnivores, when the Farm Sanctuary sends a note about its Adopt-A-Turkey Project.

A turkey rescued by Farm Sanctuary.

So this one’s for vegetarians or vegans who just can’t stand the thought of any turkey suffering on behalf of the holiday feasting.

This year, as it has for 25 years, the Farm Sanctuary is running its Adopt-A-Turkey Project to raise awareness and funds for its cause of protecting farm animals from cruelty. This year’s celebrity spokesperson is comedian Ellen DeGeneres, a vegan, who’s back for a second year because she’s quite serious about protecting animals.

The campaign works like this. Instead of eating a turkey, you donate $30 to adopt one who resides at one of the Farm Sanctuary’s shelters. In exchange, you’ll get an Adopt-a-Turkey certificate with a color photo of a rescued turkey — suitable, presumably, to display with your Tofurky at Thanksgiving dinner.

The adoption is largely symbolic, of course, but the subjects are adorable — well, depending upon the beholder — and have catchy names, like Antoinette, “who declares ‘Let them eat squash!”

Visit the or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR if you’re interested.

If you want to know more about why the Farm Sanctuary opposes factory production of turkeys, you can read a concise issue piece here.

If you want to know more about eating vegan overall, you can visit Ellen Degeneres’ blog Going Vegan with Ellen. Check out the section, Why Go Vegan? which capsulizes a lot of information about how vegan eating is easier on the planet, on animals and on the human circulatory system.

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