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November 26, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving

Give thanks with a cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains

Hundreds of frozen turkeys are shown before being distributed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Hundreds of frozen turkeys are shown before being distributed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

President Obama will get a break from Obamacare when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey [“Let’s talk turkey about shopping on the holiday,” page one, Nov. 25].

Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance — one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.

And here are more terrific reasons:

• You would stay alert through the entire football game.

• You are what you eat. Who wants to be a Butterball?

• Your vegetarian kid would not have to boycott the family dinner.

• You would not have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

• Fruits and vegetables don’t carry government warning labels.

• You wonuld not sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

• You would not spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

• Your body would welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature a Tofurky, lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An Internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” brought us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.

— Sherman Peters, Seattle

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