I am all for giving thanks! Always. But Thanksgiving is a holiday I do not support.
My reasons are pretty simple.
46 million turkeys will be killed unnecessarily, for ONE day of indulgence, in celebration of Thanksgiving. That’s just for the holiday. That doesn’t include the 245 million turkeys killed every year. In my opinion, that’s reason enough to not participate.
Also, from a Native American perspective, the holiday is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Please read this post from the Native Hope website. It’s an important read.
In addition to that, animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, deforestation (look at the Amazon forest! disappearing for beef production), air pollution, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, and more. Anyone that is concerned about climate change and the environmental crisis we all face, needs to seriously look at their diet. The U.S. population can’t continue to eat like this. The exploitation of animals is literally killing us (and the world as we know it).
This is NOT to say; don’t give thanks, don’t celebrate abundance, don’t honor friends and family.
It’s to say, YES! Do all of those things.
All of that is wonderful and important — but please don’t do it at the expense of other living beings and the planet. Let’s find new ways to celebrate. Let’s be creative!
Every day is an opportunity for us to be more aware; more compassionate, more loving, more responsible. It’s an ongoing practice.
Wishing everyone a fabulous Giving Thanks holiday!
I love you. I’m grateful for you!
Thanks for letting me say what’s on my heart.