Cute turkey videos, recipes, & earth-shattering info: 5 reasons to add a vegan dish to your Thanksgiving table this year

Aww, turkey, again?? We have turkey EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR!

What if we switch things up a bit this holiday and give these poor turkeys a break? I mean, variety is fun! It’s the spice of life, right?

So, maybe you won’t be able to convince your grandma to throw tradition to the wind and nix the Thanksgiving turkey this year–that’s understandable. But, you can at least bring a super-yummy vegan dish to the dinner table and get the conversation started (#5 on this list includes recipes)!

Whether you’re a sucker for cute animal videos (there are so many in this post!), or you’re open to considering some of the reasons to add more vegan/vegetarian-friendly staples to your Thanksgiving feast, there is something on this list for everyone to gobble up–this year and, if we’re getting ambitious (or following through with #1), every year!

1.) First of all, turkeys make awesome pets.

They are very vocal creatures and love gobbling back and forth with their owners. Check out this guy’s conversation with his chatty turkey:

“I’ve always viewed turkeys as smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings. The ‘dumb’ tag simply doesn’t fit,” says poultry scientist, Tom Savage. Awww, think of all the poor, misunderstood turkeys out there! Turkeys have been found by many to be very affectionate, intelligent, and social creatures. Portia De Rossi, a proud turkey-owner, is one of them!

portia-de-rossi

 “Turkeys are just as smart and loving as my dogs.”

Thanks, Portia! And, she’s right, look at how docile and loving this turkey is while he gets his head pet… He loves it!

2.) Seriously, you can adopt them!

Portia got her turkeys from a wonderful place called Farm Sanctuary, a highly trusted organization devoted to animal rescue and rehabilitation. Treating animals with love and compassion is the name of the game.

3.) The awful fate that awaits them otherwise is just appalling.

(Warning: This video is a little sad, but it does end on a high note.)

The fact is, turkeys today are treated like mass-produced commodities, pumped with chemicals to make them unnaturally plump, then cultivated for our dinner tables and Thanksgiving feasts. I’ll spare you the gory details [but if your interested: gory details].

Every Thanksgiving means death for at least 45 million turkeys! Who’s thankful for that? They don’t get to roam and be merry like the animals at the Chipotle farm in this video. But throwing a guilt-free Vegan Thanksgiving can get us back to healthy wholesomeness (back to the start, as they say), while also providing us with that added spice of life I mentioned earlier: variety.

 4.) And, not eating meat can literally save the world!

Courtesy blog.frontporchforum.com

Courtesy blog.frontporchforum.com

Did you know that animal agriculture actually produces more climate-altering gases than all forms of transportation (i.e.:cars, buses, planes, etc.) on the planet put together? And the reason is almost so obvious, I don’t know how we didn’t think of it before designing our unsustainable food system in the first place.

Every year, 56,000,000,000 land animals are reared, raised, and killed for consumption. These billions of animals require an absurd amount of water and grain to live and grow, generate an abundance of methane and carbon dioxide emissions, and produce a nearly unfathomable amount of waste that is hardly regulated. To put this into perspective, consider this fact: “One large pig farm annually creates 600,000 tons more urine and feces than the [entire] city of Philadelphia.” And we have a lot of pig farms.

5.) Plus, Vegan Thanksgiving is actually delicious–and easy to make!

Now that you’ve seen how adorable and loving turkeys are–and, sadly, how systematically mistreated they are–perhaps we’ve convinced you to try out some vegan dishes! If not, these pictures will. With a bunch of inspiration now for your Vegan Thanksgiving dishes, simply click the links to find the recipes to these yummiest, most delectable vegan dishes imaginable!

Sourdough Stuffing

Image credit to buzzfeed.com

Image credit to buzzfeed.com

Harvest-stuffed Portobello Mushrooms:

Image credit to cosmopolitan.com

Image credit to cosmopolitan.com

Candied Lime Sweet Potatoes:

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Image credit to buzzfeed.com

Sumac Ginger Tofu With Quinoa, Broccoli & Mushrooms:

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Image credit to buzzfeed.com

Acorn Squash Ravioli with Thyme Garlic Butter:

Image credit to cosmopolitan.com

Image credit to cosmopolitan.com

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli:

image credit to ohsheglows.com

image credit to ohsheglows.com

Mushroom and Sundried Tomato Risotto:

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Image credit to buzzfeed.com