Thanksgiving? Try ThanksLiving!
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…
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.
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. . .