Take a New Idea on Old Traditions this Thanksgiving!! 

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!! 

It is a special day to show gratitude and kindness to others including our animal friends. I hold a special place in my heart for the U.S. as our eldest son, Andrew, was born there. I cherish my daily walks on the beach in Newport Beach with my family including our beloved dog, Charlie. Having spent time living in California and celebrating Thanksgiving there, I learned about traditions and the importance of this holiday. 

It celebrates intimate gatherings with family members which includes our cherished furry friends and giving gratitude. I am overjoyed knowing that families and their companion animals can spend time together and create meaningful memories. I wish to take a moment to reflect on those who are less fortunate such as homeless people and animals sitting in shelters without families. It’s a day to be able to help those in need. If you can support your local community and animal shelters it would be a great opportunity to do.  

Thanksgiving is also a sad day for innocent farmed animals.  Did you know that millions of birds such as Turkey’s lose their lives? I am grateful that I choose vegan meals and leave cruelty off my plate. There are many options such as Tofu turkey and soy dishes that are delicious, savory, and tasteful. These days it’s so much easier to find plant-based foods at your supermarket. It can be an occasion to go meat-free, choose compassion over cruelty, and select plant-based festive foods. You can feel better knowing that you are opting for healthier meals and sparing Turkeys and other animals’ lives. It might seem like a small gesture but by choosing kindness over cruelty, you are making a difference for animals, our planet, and your health. Here is a rescue Turkey during my visit to Lands and Love Vegan Resort in Costa Rica which is a rescue and sanctuary, Animal Love Rescue. I cherish my memories there and encourage others to visit.  

I am hopeful that we can create a kinder, more compassionate world for humans and animals. I dedicate two chapters in my book, “A Voice for Animals: The Social Movement that Provides Dignity and Compassion for Animals.” to farm animals. As I often say, Animals are here with us, not for us. 

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? I would love to hear from you. Please share your comments below.