Thanksgiving? Try ThanksLiving!

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Yesterday, the Blonde and I went to a thanksgiving event at Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. The event is officially called “Thanksgiving With the Turkeys” (original, right?) but after hearing about it last year, we must have mis-heard the name, because for months, the Blonde and I have been referring to it as “ThanksLiving,” and well, I like that name better!

ThanksLiving is a pot luck event that requires very little of the attendees. All we had to bring was a tray of my super amazing baked ziti. The dish had to serve eight, and when it’s all we have, it serves the Blonde and I four times.

Go ahead, I’ll wait while you do the math…

See?

The visit itself was really cool. The farm was beautiful, set up in the middle of nowhere, the rolling hills and forested background was perfect for the throngs of people that showed up to show their support for a cruelty-free Thanksgiving. The animals on the farm ranged from turkeys and chickens with attitude, to wild deer who knew where to find free food, to giant cows, to super-friendly goats, to HUGE pigs. They even had guinea hens and a peacock that hung out with the other fowl.

And most of the animals were rescues, although some were born on the farm. That put a pretty new spin on my idea of a vegan Thanksgiving. While I didn’t have the mind-altering experience the Blonde did on her first visit, it did make me look at the animals in a different way heading into the most gluttonous holiday of the year.

I’m not all about animal rights, but these animals are individuals, not just “pigs, chickens, turkeys, and goats.” Personalities shone through, even just in a few minutes of interaction.

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The Blonde and I met a number of animals, among them this incredibly sweet goat.

I have no intention of stopping being vegan, don’t worry about that, bit seeing these little guys roaming the way they deserve really makes it clear that they deserve better than we have given them. And so, to support them here, I thought I’d just show them being individuals. Enjoy. . .

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This peacock can fly away, but he chooses to stay every day rather than leave the farm with no peahens. And, he’s beautiful.

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See what I mean about the chickens having an attitude? This rooster ran the chicken coop.

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This little trouble maker fits nicely in the palm of your hand.

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The cows are allowed to grow to full size, not killed at three-years old.

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We fed the pigs pumpkins after we ate. 3:00 sharp, we tossed them in.

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See what I mean about each animal having a personality?

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I don’t think I can make it quite clear how huge these pigs are.

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An adorable pygmy goat, named Napoleon, with an attitude to match his name.

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The “Alpha Male” of the goats, He had lost one horn before coming to the Sanctuary.

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This guy had a great personality, and loved the attention from all of us that were there.

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~ by VegansHusband on November 18, 2012.

8 Responses to “Thanksgiving? Try ThanksLiving!”

  1. At hillside animal sanctuary theres tonnes of animals with personality so i know what you meen! theres a goat that is obssesed with attention, one visitor even thought that when they turned there back and started to walk away from it that it baaaared the word “come back” which i think is hillarious! Nothing like seeing happy animals!

    • You know, I don’t know why the connection never really mattered to me before. I mean, dogs and cats have clear personalities, why wouldn’t goats and pigs?

      I didn’t see much personality in the chickens, I have to admit. Maybe we didn’t hang out over there enough, but they kinda seemed like birds. Not that we should be eating them, I just don’t see myself hanging out with them anytime soon.

      • chickens tend to be a little like lil’ old ladies, very social with one anouther, but ive spent alotta time with them, my friend has chickens. they are a bit silly if they walk into a corner they seem to be a bit confused bless em!
        may not be the brightest but they do care about other animals.

  2. That sounds like an amazing event and would be great if it was more regular even, that would be such an awesome thing for the social calendar and support for the farm (as long as they don’t coerce breeding of their animals).

    I agree about personalities shining through and with the poster above who mentioned Hillside Animal Sanctuary (hear so many wonderful things about them and the investigations they do). Anyone who has other animal companions (or alternative children i.e. pets) and cares about them, knows that they have individual personalities. Lol one of my parrots is known as ‘Mister/Mr.’ Harry by everyone other than my mother and myself and it wasn’t us that came up with that name lol, other people just see him that way and started calling him using that title out of respect (and maybe a little fear…)

    • Mr. Harry, that’s funny.

      Poplar Springs has much smaller events year-round, and naturally they allow visits, but I don’t believe that they have a large-scale pot-luck like this any other time of year. Maybe in the summer the animals aren’t active because of the heat? I don’t know, but it seems like it would be a great way to raise money.

  3. What a cool experience! Animals definitely have personality! Can’t figure out why I ever thought it was okay to eat them before….

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