Cluckin’ hilarious.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. (Applause.) Welcome to the Rose Garden. Thanks for coming. We’re glad you’re here at the White House. Each of you is taking part in a tradition that goes back to the days of Harry Truman.* And to paraphrase Harry today, we have a message for our two feathered friends: You cannot take the heat — and you’re definitely going to stay out of the kitchen.


I also thank everybody who voted online to choose the names for our guests of honor. And I’m pleased to announce the winning names. They are “May” and “Flower.” They’re certainly better than the names the Vice President suggested, which was “Lunch” and “Dinner.”


Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

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Is it already that time again?

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I hear the Frost On Pumpkin Pie kicks ass.

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Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys!

Friday, October 5th, 2007

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Oct 4, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys!

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with birds of a different feather at Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys!

Photo via nullalux

Join with the Farm Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, for our annual Celebration FOR the Turkeys and help us honor our fine feathered turkey friends. This compassionate holiday affair, favored by animal lovers and advocates nationwide, places turkeys at the center of attention rather than the center of the dinner table. The Celebration features special guest presentations, sanctuary time with rescued farm animals, our beloved Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony, and a delicious vegan holiday feast. Reservations are required for both our California and New York Shelter events.

California Shelter · Orland, CA
The California Celebration costs $30 per person and includes a catered holiday dinner.

New York Shelter · Watkins Glen, NY
The New York Celebration costs $10 per family and features a potluck-style feast. All guests are asked to bring a vegan (free from eggs, dairy, honey, and animal byproducts) dish to feed eight people.

By phone: 607-583-2225 ext. 221

Reservations are required for both events by Nov. 9, 2007. We regret that we may be unable to accommodate reservations received after the deadline.

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DawnWatch: Olivia on Washington Post Radio and other turkey friendly coverage and opportunities — 11/23/06

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Nov 23, 2006 12:53 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Olivia on Washington Post Radio and other turkey friendly coverage and opportunities — 11/23/06

During the 12-1 hour today, on Thanksgiving, Washington Post Radio broadcast a 3 minute piece I recorded about my meeting with the turkey Olivia. It was broadcast right in the middle of a call-in show where people were chatting about turkey cooking recipes. Perfect! I will paste the text below so you can read it.

Earlier in the hour, before my piece was broadcast, I heard a caller, warm and friendly, tell the hosts that she had seen footage from the Butterball turkey plant (check out ) and was horrified by the treatment, so she was cooking veggie pot pies this year, and adopting a turkey from Farm Sanctuary. You’ll find a lovely article and a beautiful slide show about the Farm Sanctuary “Feed the Turkeys” and adoption programs at You can post comments on that page. Please do!

And here is a video from the turkey celebration at Animal Acres near Los Angeles:

The caller on today’s Washington Post Radio show made me realize what a wonderful opportunity we have to add a warm voice of compassion to the turkey talk on the airwaves today. If you are having a veggie feast, please consider making a friendly call about it when your local station takes callers. And please let me know if you do — you will make my day!

Here’s the text of my Olivia piece broadcast on Washington Post Radio. It would be great if Washington Post Radio got some notes of appreciation. Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage encourages more of it. The station takes comments at comment [at]

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Today, I Give Thanks… by Brenda Shoss

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Nov 23, 2006 4:17 PM
Subject: Today, I Give Thanks…

Permission to cross-post

11/23/06: Today, I Give Thanks…
From Kinship Circle

By Brenda Shoss

Today I give thanks for each faceless victim pulled from dark waters…

For fluids and needles poked through paper skin.
For infinite food left in forgotten cities…
And the glimmer of foil pans filled with water.
For recognition of life in vacant eyes.
Love revisited…
And the promise of a warm lap.
Today I give thanks to rescuers
And recall untold mercy, selfless and vast.

Today I give thanks to those who inhabit my home…

One born in a puppy mill
Another dumped on a road
A kitten retrieved from floodwaters
And a cat claimed from death row.
For bottomless love…
Left in whispers upon my face
Wound around arms and legs
Sloshed in wet kisses
Asleep at my feet.

Today I give thanks for the blessed few among billions…

Freed from sunless warehouses
To flutter a wing
Stretch a leg
And peck warm dirt
Curious eyes over blunt, severed beaks
Once factory-farm trash,
Now someone’s treasure.

Today I give thanks for a world…

Where laws can change,
Views transform…
And hope rebounds in the eyes of an animal.
Where tumult, pain, joy, courage and stamina
speak inside a single creature’s eyes…
Crushing indifference
Rousing nameless deaths
And stirring empathy
Where there once was none.

Today, I give thanks for miracles…

Born in a son
Who is compassion and light.
Innocence unearthed,
With no distinction between animals on a leash,
in a stall, a lab or a cage.

For his love of “effa-lants”
And creepy-crawlers…
For ordering the birds to spare the worms…
And simply asking,
“Mommy, why do some people hurt animals?”

And I give thanks everyday, for each one of you…



In unity with animals,

Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle



Happy Save-a-Turkey Day!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Or Happy Tofurky Day, as it’s known ’round my house.

Happy Tofurky Day!

Tonight we’ll be feasting on – what else? – an oven-roasted Tofurky which, along with buhbie carrots and potatoes, will spend much of the day soaking up an orange juice/soy sauce/brown sugary marinade. The stuffed soy dish will be served with all the trimmings – cranberry dumplings, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with vegan “bacon” bits, even a faux wishbone (thoughtfully provided by Turtle Island). You know the deal – basically, vegan versions of your standard T-day fare.

The grand finale: a very sweet vegan rendition of pumpkin pie. This recipe is passed on from dear ol’ ma, but I think the good folks at Tofutti actually came up with it.

Recipe below the fold.

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DawnWatch last minute tip: Tofurky on ABC’s Nightline — 11/22/06

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Nov 22, 2006 10:11 PM
Subject: DawnWatch last minute tip: Tofurky on ABC’s Nightline — 11/22/06

It looks like ABC’s Nightline has a delightful story on Tofurky planned for tonight, Thanksgiving Eve. I will paste their web version of the story below. You can watch the full report on ‘Nightline’ Wednesday night at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT

Please take just a moment to send Nightline a quick note of appreciation here.

And you can participate in the message board that asks “What did you think of the show” here.

Here is Nightline’s webpage on the Tofurky story:

Tofurky Day?

Tofu Gains a Following on Thanksgiving as More Americans Skip Turkey for a Vegetarian Holiday

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IDA Writing Alert: Festive Vegetarian Main Dish – Washington Times

Friday, November 17th, 2006

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Nov 16, 2006 11:21 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Festive Vegetarian Main Dish – Washington Times

Congratulations to our volunteer writers whose letters to the editor of Philadelphia City Paper were published.

The Washington Times printed a story on vegetarian Thanksgiving options replete with recipes, as have numerous publications around the country, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday when some 45 million turkeys will be killed. Please respond with a letter to the editor or write a letter to the editor of your local paper encouraging readers to give turkeys something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving by not eating them.

Send letters to the Times online by clicking here.

Read “Festive Vegetarian Main Dish” online here.

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UCS: Thanksgiving GreenTips

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Here are some “green” Thanksgiving tips from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Check out #4! (Sure, we know that veg is the way to go, but it’s still nice to hear a non-AR org. push for a meatless Thanksgiving.)

* Look for food produced in your region. Food travels an average of 1,500 miles or more from the farm to the supermarket, consuming fossil fuels and emitting air pollutants and heat-trapping carbon dioxide. Regionally grown meat and produce not only travel a shorter distance to your table and arrive fresher, but may also come from smaller farms that often follow more environmentally friendly practices.

* Choose organic. Organic standards prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides, and antibiotics (today’s industrialized animal production relies heavily on antibiotics to accelerate growth and prevent diseases that stem from overcrowding). Overuse of these substances generates air and water pollution and makes it more difficult to treat human diseases and ward off agricultural pests. If organic turkey is not available in your supermarket, choose turkey that has been raised without antibiotics. Also look for organic apples, celery, potatoes, and green beans because these holiday favorites are among the fruits and vegetables that typically carry the highest pesticide residues.

* Support genetic diversity. Today’s large-scale farms focus on only a select few varieties of livestock and crops; for example, of the more than 250 million turkeys sold in the United States each year, 99 percent are the Broad-Breasted White variety. And of the thousands of potato varieties available, a small number now account for the majority of commercial production. As our agriculture system becomes more homogeneous, so does the risk of catastrophic losses if a disease spreads rapidly throughout a plant or animal population upon which our food supply depends. Choosing heirloom (or “heritage”) varieties such as American Bronze turkeys and fingerling potatoes helps support biodiversity and ensures a reliable food supply for future generations.

* Go meatless. Meat production can deplete environmental resources more than other food production, so consider a meatless main dish.



SATYA’s November ‘06 Issue Available!

Monday, October 30th, 2006

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From: Satya Magazine – satya [at]
Date: Oct 27, 2006 2:39 PM
Subject: SATYA’s November Issue Now Available – Thanksgiving: Who’s Behind the Meal?

The SATYA November Issue is Now Available!

See highlights at:

Satya - November 2006

On the Cover: The Welcoming Committee at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary: Boone, Alfonzo and Hershel. Photo by Bob Esposito.

Thanksgiving: Who’s Behind the Meal?

Talking Turkey with Karen Davis, Jenny Brown, Rae Sikora, Christine Morrissey and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, with special holiday recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

This issue features a guest editorial by Will Potter calling on all activists to counter the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act currently pending in the House. Be sure to download the action alert and distribute widely.

Satya honors turkeys this holiday season with profiles by Karen Davis, Jenny Brown, Christine Morrissey, Lauren Ornelas and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, who bring their special qualities to light.

Learn about some of the abuses turkeys endure: PETA’s expose of a Butterball slaughterhouse; Farm Sanctuary’s investigation of artificial insemination; and Rae Sikora’s eye-witness account of “humane” slaughter.

This issue is packed with vegan recipes to be thankful for, including a full menu prepared by Post Punk Kitchen’s Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Plus, Worldwatch Institute’s Danielle Nierenberg has some eye-opening facts on global meat production and Monica Engebretson uncovers the cruelty in long distance livestock transportation.

All this and more!

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Farm Sanctuary: ‘Tis the Season to Adopt-A-Turkey

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Oct 19, 2006 10:27 AM
Subject: ‘Tis the Season to Adopt-A-Turkey

Give a turkey a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving! As one of Farm Sanctuary s most successful campaigns, the annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project has rescued hundreds of turkeys from a thankless fate at holiday dinner tables and educated millions of people about their plight on factory farms.

Just choose one of our fine feathered friends and with a gift of $20, you can ensure that one life is safe from harm, while teaching people a lesson in compassion. Your adoption gift provides feed, housing and veterinary care for the turkeys at our New York and California Shelters, and helps teach millions about the plight of turkeys raised for food in the U.S.

Select your special someone and then fill out the Sponsorship Form.

Treat friends, family members and co-workers to a turkey sponsorship. Just send us their name and address, along with your adoption fee. Your gift recipients will receive a framed photo of their turkey, adoption certificate, subscription to Farm Sanctuary News, and a gift acknowledgement from you!

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Woodstock Sanctuary’s ThanksLIVING dinner, November 19

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Readers in New York, take note: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is is holding a vegetarian (vegan?) Thanksgiving feast called – you got it – ThanksLiving.

Here are the details:

Please join us for our very festive ThanksLiving fundraiser — a unique new tradition where the turkeys are the main guests of honor rather than the main course! You’ll be warm and toasty inside a large heated tent in the goat pasture, surrounded by stunning views of the Catskill Mountains. Naturally, our turkeys will be joining us at a table set especially for them.

The menu, which is described as meat- and dairy-free, includes the following:


Local organic butternut squash soup with ginger & toasted almonds
Freshly baked focaccia bread
Mixed greens salad with cranberry vinaigrette

Main Course

Seitan cutlets with shitake mushroom gravy
Savory cornbread stuffing
Baked spinach tofu “cheese” casserole
Braised herb stuffed mushrooms
Grilled island yams

Hope You Saved Room

An array of incredible desserts

If purchased before November 5, tickets will cost you $40 per person (kids under 12 are $20); after the “early bird” cutoff, $50 (kids $25). The festivities start at 1 PM on Sunday, November 19th.

More info here.



Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Sep 27, 2006 10:37 AM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys

Flock with Other Birds of a Feather and Celebrate Thanksgiving with Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary will hold its 2006 Celebration FOR the Turkeys on Saturday, November 18th in California and Sunday, November 19th in New York. Always fun and festive, our annual Celebrations FOR the Turkeys include shelter time with friendly farm animals, special guest speakers, a vegan holiday feast, our famous Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony, and more. Reservations are required for both events.

California Shelter . Orland, CA
The California Celebration costs $30 per person and includes a catered holiday dinner.

New York Shelter . Watkins Glen, NY
The New York Celebration costs $5 per family and features a potluck-style feast. Guests should plan to bring a vegan dish to feed eight people.

By phone: 607-583-2225 ext. 221

Reservations are required for both events by November 10, 2006.

We regret that we may be unable to accommodate reservations received after the deadline. Ticket(s) and directions will be mailed to all confirmed registrants.

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, For updates on previous action alerts,

Please forward and distribute widely! Thank you

Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150 Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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