Pardon a turkey and whip up a gourmet vegan meal

Since we don't run this type of letter to the editor -- not for anti-vegan reasons, and not because the Thanksgiving turkey dinner is my favorite dinner of the year, but because we don't use form letters from national organizations -- in the spirit of the holidays, I'll post it here.

Our friend, the turkey, will appreciate your attention:

Dear Editor,

Here’s yet another reason to a pardon a turkey and enjoy a savory vegan feast this Thanksgiving: A 16-pound turkey costs nearly $4 more this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

You can save money—and lives—by whipping up a gourmet vegan meal, including mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, maple-roasted acorn squash, apple-pecan stuffing, vegetable pot pie, and other versatile—and affordable—vegan foods. Or, if you prefer a ready-made meal, try Tofurky, Field Roast's Celebration Roast, or Savory Stuffed Turk’y from Gardein.


No matter what you end up spending, you’ll be saving a turkey’s life by having a vegan feast this holiday. And for that, I am very thankful. As poultry scientist Tom Savage says, turkeys are "smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings." These gentle birds relish having their feathers stroked and like to gobble along to their favorite tunes.

Visit for more fascinating turkey facts and free vegan recipes, and have a happy and humane holiday.


Heather Moore

PETA Foundation

501 Front St.

Norfolk, VA 23510

757-622-7382, ext. 8106



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