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21 November 2008 Issue

By [email protected]

Since the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621, Americans have continued the tradition of sitting down to their tables every third Thursday in November in order to give thanks for all they have in life. Immediately after the prayers and thanksgiving, knives are probed into a dead, cooked turkey and the remains of the carved carcass are dispensed to those sitting around the table. Fortunately, Americans are becoming wiser and wiser. Each year more and more individuals are not only acknowledging the health and environmental benefits of a vegan diet, but they are adopting this lifestyle in increasing numbers.

Not only does a vegan diet contribute to decreased instances of cancer, heart disease, and other life debilitating diseases, but it also financially condemns those industries that thrive on the death and destruction of so many living beings. Those turkeys that so many Americans place on their Thanksgiving dinner tables have been raised in conditions so deplorable that most people would not be able to tolerate the truth behind their meals. Over 95 percent of these birds are raised in conditions so confined that they will never be able to fully expand their wings. Blindness runs rampant in factory farms due to excessive amounts of uncleaned manure, which in turn, create ammonia that burns the birds' eyes. Pushed to the brink of insanity, the birds often peck each other. In order to avoid this, many birds have up to two-thirds of their beaks cut off, without anesthesia. Left in pain and agony, some birds are never able to eat again and eventually starve to death. When it comes time to enter the slaughterhouse, fully conscious turkeys have their throats cut and are heartlessly thrown into containers to bleed their lives away. Millions of birds a year do not fully bleed to death before they reach the scalding tank. Do any of the farm workers care? No. The animals are burned alive.

In addition, a vegan lifestyle helps contribute to the preservation of the planet by making better use of our energy, water, and land. The land that is currently being used to feed our cattle and other farm animals could be used to grow foods that feed our peoples. More than 70 percent of US grains and 33 percent of the entire world's crops are fed to farm animals. If everyone adopted a vegan diet and allowed the animals to multiply at natural rates, we would have enough food to feed the entire world! No longer would another human die of starvation. In addition, the animals we raise for food consume more than 50 percent of all the water used in the US and one-third of all raw materials. As well, animal excrement is produced at a rate 130 times greater than that produced by humans. This excessive manure is the major contributor of water pollution in the US and is directly accountable for 85 percent of soil erosion.

It may have been necessary for our ancestors to include meat in their diets, but meat was not all they ate, nor was it ever their main course. When the Pilgrims and Native Americans sat down at the dinner table that very first Thanksgiving so many years ago there were plenty of mouth-watering, plant based foods there; the idea that first Thanksgiving was to celebrate a plentiful harvest. Therefore, dishes of fruits and vegetables, grown by our farming forefathers and the Native Americans who showed them how to survive in their newfound land, were abundant.

Animal Rights Online presents to you the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal you can be proud of. Your vegan meal, free of any association with cruelty and death, will speak loud and clear of your thanks for life and, more importantly, the preservation of it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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