Starting a new thanksgiving tradition of helping a turkey instead of eating one.
Alexis Montoya | Nov 22nd, 2018
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Spread accross two farms in Watkins Glen, NY and Los Angeles CA, five turkeys start a new life at Farm Sanctuary, an American animal protection organization founded in 1986 as an advocate for farmed animals. Celebrities like Kevin Smith and Kaley Cuoco have made it a point to show their support and appreciation for these turkeys in the form of "adopting" or sponsoring them. In The Bronx, four natives have decided to do the same this Thanksgiving on behalf of their community.
From left to right: Alexander Tapia, Priscilla Figuereo, Alyssa Perez, Alexis Montoya
Alexander Tapia and Priscilla Figuereo of No Carne Lifestyle organized an effort to sponsor a flock of turkeys in the name of The Bronx, with the help of Alyssa Perez of Stay Blooming and Alexis Montoya of The Bronx Vegan and Veggie Mijas, out of a need to make a positive impact this Thanksgiving that included their community as a whole.
"This year, we really wanted to do something different." says the No Carne duo on Instagram. "We've been vegan for a while now so skipping the "traditional" holiday dinner has always been easy for us." By sponsoring a flock, these Bronxites are directly contributing to the costs associated with the care of the rescued turkeys, along with Farm Sanctuary's efforts to educate and advocate for turkeys and other farm animals.
Image courtesy of Farm Sanctuary
In The Bronx, initiatives like this may not be popular, but definitely aren't new. Organizations like Concourse Village Animal Save honor the animals slaughtered in live poultry slaughterhouses in the borough by holding vigils, handing out vegan information, and having peaceful conversations with members of the community. The vegan and environmental representation in The Bronx fosters a community relationship with animal liberation through platforms like The Bronx Vegan, Stay Blooming, Veggie Mijas and more.
According to Farm Sanctuary, it is estimated that over 46 million turkeys are slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving alone. For those lucky enough to be rescued, it is said that these animals "serve as ambassadors for their species, having taught us just how intelligent, emotional, and thoroughly fascinating these birds can be." This Thanksgiving, consider honoring turkeys by sponsoring your own, choosing to go meatless, and actively making an effort to not support animal cruelty altogether.
Alexis Montoya, creator of The Bronx Vegan, is a creative blogger and organizer for @VeggieMijas, writing about community, advocacy, and culture. This is her first article as a No Carne contributor. You can find more of her work on Feast.Media.