Where Turkeys and People Give Thanks

Where Turkeys and People Give Thanks

New York Times #1 bestselling “Skinny Bitch” author Rory Freedman among special guests at Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys

LOS ANGELES – November 7, 2012 – On November 11, Farm Sanctuary — America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization — will host their annual Celebration for the Turkeys at their newest location just outside of Los Angeles, Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres (5200 Escondido Canyon Road) in Acton, Calif. from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. The festive event where turkeys are the guests of honor, rather than part of the menu, attracts hundreds of guests from all over the country seeking to celebrate a more compassionate holiday.

So what will be on the menu? A gourmet holiday feast of favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes, prepared with vegan ingredients; the opportunity to spend time getting to know the rescued animals who call Farm Sanctuary home; and special guest presentations from NY Times #1 bestselling Skinny Bitch author Rory Freedman, scientist and animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, and Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston. The highlight of the event, however, is the Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony, during which guests delight in watching our rescued turkeys gobble up a feast of their own!

Farm Sanctuary has been giving turkeys a reason to be thankful for more than 25 years, but now with growing mainstream awareness of the deplorable conditions they endure on industrial farms, it is an idea whose time has come.

“The Celebration for the Turkeys gets bigger and bigger every year because it is just an incredibly fun opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving in a way that is more consistent with the spirit of the holiday and with our own values as a compassionate, animal-loving society,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary.

Farm Sanctuary is America’s largest and most effective farm animal protection and rescue organization. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and shelter efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, New York; Orland, California; and Los Angeles provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals. These animals stand as ambassadors for the billions on factory farms who have no voice, and their stories help raise awareness about the harsh realities of factory farming.