We are now one week post Thanksgiving, barely enough time for most vegans and animal rights activists to have sufficiently cleansed themselves of the so called “holiday.” While most holidays in the US are consumer events, Thanksgiving itself is particularly damaging, celebrating both the genocide of indigenous people and the mass murder of turkeys.
The good news -- many of us remain conscious and spend the “holiday” protesting, exposing animal cruelty, and celebrating indigenous resistance. It is estimated that more than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas. In a revealing article by the Washington Post, the author exposed the inhumane conditions turkeys sold at Whole Foods had to suffer in order to make it onto the Thanksgiving dinner table. They are as follows:
- Turkeys in filthy, noxious, crowded barns.
- Air inside dense with ammonia, particles of feathers and dried fecal particles.
- Birds languishing or dead.
- Birds trapped in feces which covered much of the floor, a half foot deep in some places.
- Many birds with open wounds and bruises.
- Diestel records showing up to 7% of the birds dying in a single week.
The above reasons are 100% why we are vegan. Why we fight for animal lives. Animals are not our property and do not exist for our consumption. They are living, breathing, sentient beings. Thanksgiving is the perfect reminder of why we do what we do at The Squeeze, and why we work so hard to produce quality vegan food. Save the animals, eat cruelty-free.