National Turkey Pardon – As a New Thanksgiving Tradition?

National Turkey Pardon – As a New Thanksgiving Tradition?

Traditions can and should – no, they simply MUST be changed. Just as our society evolves, so should our traditions – to reflect our deepest values of compassion and justice, as well as our increased awareness of what it means to be truly human — and humane.

Hint: to determine whether something is humane think if you’d like it done to you. Or your dog. If we look at it from that perspective – I think we could all agree that enslaving and killing another being, no matter how gently we do it, is NOT humane. Moreover, humans have also evolved past the point where our intellect outweighs our primal instincts to hunt and kill.

So, back to Thanksgiving and turkey.
There is much discussion about what was on the table and what wasn’t on that first Thanksgiving. But ultimately, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t care what as on the table of the first feast, and neither should you, because we are not interested in the exact replica of the first Thanksgiving. We want to share traditions and rituals, so that we feel connected to something bigger and older than ourselves.

If we look at it from that perspective, it’s just as traditional not to have a dead turkey on the table, as it is to have dead turkey on the table.

Besides, people are not so much attached to the turkey itself, as to having a centerpiece on a table, a focus on the plate, and this can be accomplished in many different ways, including this one. In more compassionate ways, and more healthful ways too.
We shape our traditions out of our ideals. And as our ethics evolve, as we extend the circle of compassion to include other living beings besides humans, our traditions must evolve too.

Why not establish new tradition this Thanksgiving: to pardon the turkey you were going to put in the oven, and have a beautiful stuffed pumpkin as a stunning and compassionate (as well as healthful) centerpiece instead?

Why Publish a Book: 17 Reasons Why Every Vegan Should Write and Publish a Book

Vegan eBooks Take Over the Internet and Amazon Kindle
Lots of people feel that they have a message they want to share with the world by publishing a book, but never do anything about it.

As vegans, we are doing ourselves, our audience, the world, and of course, the animals, a disservice if we are not getting the message of ethical vegan lifestyle out in the world in a big way.

One of the best ways to do that is by writing and publishing a book.

In the past, it used to be really hard to get published. Today, opportunities are practically endless. There is really no excuse not to do it.

Now, I won’t be talking about going the traditional route: finding a publisher, getting your book printed, and sold in local bookstores—although that would certainly be wonderful, and who knows—it may happen, too, if that’s your goal.

However, right now, I’ll be talking about simply publishing your book on Amazon Kindle and other e-publishing websites.

This is super easy (or, at least, not as difficult as you probably think ;-))

Especially if you are a blogger and already have a website filled with insightful blog posts, delightful recipes, photographs and other content.

And even if you don’t, it’s not as difficult as it may seem to create it—you just have to decide that you are going to do it and go for it. Find out how….