Your View: Skip the turkey this Thanksgiving


By Ashton Gunter, Alexandria (File photo)

To the editor:
While President Barack Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life.

And here are some good reasons:

• You can brag about pardoning a turkey, like Obama.

• You truly are what you eat. Who wants to be a butterball?

• Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

• You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

• You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey was raised and slaughtered.

• Your body will appreciate a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

• You won’t have to call poultry hotline to ensure the bird is fully cooked and your family stays out of the emergency room.

But seriously, this Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.

Our own dinner will feature a soy-or wheat-based roast, mashed potatoes, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An Internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” produces more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.