Shannon Elizabeth named 2012 spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary's 'Adopt A Turkey Project'

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Imagine how many turkeys could be saved this Thanksgiving if everyone chose compassion over cruelty and broke the tradition of eating a turkey at Thanksgiving dinner.

American Pie’s Shannon Elizabeth is urging dog and cat lovers to extend their compassion to turkeys this Thanksgiving. What many people don’t realize is that every animal has the same soul, and it is just the outside that differs. Turkeys, as well as other "food animals," make excellent pets and are often better pets than dogs or cats.

Elizabeth is the new 2012 spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s “Adopt A Turkey Project,” and she explained how she was finally able to realize how similar dogs and cats actually are to turkeys.

“The first time I met turkeys face-to-face, I couldn’t get over how they enjoyed my attention just as much as my dogs do!” she said. “Seeing firsthand how sweet and affectionate turkeys are, I could no longer separate them from how I thought about my dogs at home, who I always want to feel safe and protected."

More than 26 million turkeys are currently confined in horrid living conditions and slaughtered each year just for the Thanksgiving holiday. Does it seem fair that 26 million turkeys should live horrifying lives just for the selfish human need to consume a turkey every year on Thanksgiving? By choosing compassion over cruelty this Thanksgiving and adopting a turkey, it could be the start of a brand new tradition, and the end to a cruel one.

The “Adopt A Turkey Project” has provided the support and care of over 26 million turkeys in the past 25 years. The project allows people to adopt a turkey with a one-time donation of $30, where they will receive an adoption certificate with a color photo and information about their adopted turkey. Adopting a turkey is something that will stick with you for a lifetime, and not just on one day that is supposed to show how we are thankful for the people in our lives—not the food we eat and the animals lives’ that we take.

For more information on the “Adopt A Turkey Project,” please visit adoptaturkey.org or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.

Choose to adopt a turkey this Thanksgiving and encourage others to do the same!

Alexandra Beane | Facebook | Twitter
Minnesota Alexandra is a lover of all animals, but has a soft spot for especially dogs and rabbits. She believes that life is not complete without an animal to love. Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. Alexandra is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing. She absolutely loves to write news and creative nonfiction, and obsesses over spelling and grammar.

Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary

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