The Terrific Thanksgiving Turkey Pledge!

Hello boys and girls,

Well, Thanksgiving is upon us, and with that, the hustle and bustle of finding just the right food to display on the table for everyone to munch on. Stuffing! Mashed Potatoes! Cranberry sauce out of a can! Hey, you can take the girl out of New Jersey, but you can't take the New Jersey out of the girl...

This year, I am challenging you - YES YOU! - to a

Terrific Thanksgiving Turkey Pledge!

Here's how it goes:

First: Watch this amazing video below my friend and fellow activist Ciddy Fonteboa made.


Second: In the comment section below, I want you to make a firm commitment NOT to eat turkeys this Thanksgiving.  You can say something as simple as "No turkey for me!" or as long as "I would never dream of consuming turkeys because their too cute to eat, pass the tofurky please!"

I would love to see if we can get around 100 pledges by Thanksgiving. And don't worry - you can be a vegan, vegetarian, or meat-eater-slowly-transitioning-to-kiss-worthy-vegan and still post a comment below! 

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

My last post featuring some of the fabulous members of the KMIV family included a Giveaway.

A Giveaway?
 
Yes, a Giveaway! 

Here's your chance to win a free copy of one of the cookbooks featured in last week's post!

(Forgot which cookbooks they were? Check out this link to learn more!)

Last year's first vegan and married Thanksgiving at the Wolf-Smith home!
To enter to win a free cookbook, please email kissmyvegan@gmail.com with a photo of a vegan dish you made for Thanksgiving - extra points if your dinner photo doesn't include a turkey!

Please include with that photo:

1) A sentence or two about your dish, and

2) One major thing you're thankful for this year.

I will choose three winners to feature in a Thanksgiving Roundup Blog in early December!

The deadline for this giveaway is Monday, November 29th. So, open those holiday cookbooks and get crackin' people! 

Need cooking inspiration? Check out my Thanksgiving post for ideas to help you get started.

Comments

Lindsay said…
I, Lindsay, founder of Kiss Me, I'm Vegan, pledge not to eat a single turkey this Thanksgiving or any Thanksgiving to come.
JACQUELYNN said…
I will NOT eat turkey this Thanksgiving, or any other day of the year. When asked, I want turkeys to be thankful for ME... and I don't think they would be if I were to eat them.

:)

Great idea Lindsay, I hope you surpass 100 pledges!
Molly G said…
No turkeys for me! This thanksgiving comes one week before my 5 year vegan anniversary! Coincidence? I think not. Turkeys are friends, not food.
Steven said…
I, Steven Todd Smith, guest blogger of KMIV and representing the male vegan population, pledge to NEVER eat a turkey - for this Thanksgiving, for next Thanksgiving, for any reason. May the turkeys leave free, happy, and healthy - just like us :-)
Anonymous said…
I agree! I, Julie Stuart, pledge to not eat even one bite of turkey on this Thanksgiving or forever more! Turkeys and all creatures do deserve to live free and happy lives! Thanks, Lindsay!
jana said…
I pledge to never eat any animal, on any day, holidays or otherwise, ever again as long as i am here on earth.

PS - I am thankful for Whole Foods for preparing a SINGLE VEGAN MEAL for Thanksgiving for $12.99...so I don't have to cook!
I, Joanna Wilson, pledge not to eat turkey this Thanksgiving or ever! I am so thankful that my meat-eating friend has decided to host a Thanksgiving without turkey this year! She rocks!!
Anonymous said…
I, Wendy Verona Wyatt, will not be eating turkeys this Thanksgiving, or any day ever! :-)
CurlyLocks said…
I pledge not to eat turkey or any other animal this Thanksgiving... or on any other day of the year. This will be my second turkey-free Thanksgiving.
No Turkey for us unless it's alive and we can hug 'em everyday :D We're sponsoring a turkey as a family for thanksgiving!
I Chandra, the Snarky Stalker pledges to only eat the chocolate turkeys this year and forever. All hail the Tofurkey and apple stuffing!

(The chocolate turkeys want to be eaten. Gobble Gobble.)
I, Jeri Taira, founder of GodsDreamsForMe pledge to have an animal-free Thanksgiving and every Holiday thereafter...24/7....365 days.

I make this pledge as a compassionate choice for my health, our eco-system, and so the animals can dance, snuggle, flap, jump, roost, blush, change color, live in schools, migrate and play chase.
i, david, co-founder of Godsdreamsforme, pledge not to harm any turkeys in my thanksgiving festivities =0)

i think we should start eating pizza for all holiday festivities!
Sonny said…
I, Reid Taira, pledge to have a turkey free Thanksgiving. This is gonna be my first turkey free Thanksgiving, so i'm excited!!!
Anonymous said…
This will be my 5th Thanksgiving without Turkey and I will continue the tradition as long as I live. I am so thankful to be vegan. And I loved the video <3

Anne K, Columbia, MO
Lindsay said…
I love it! Keep it coming! :)
Okay, no turkey (or chicken OR DUCK!) for me this Thanksgiving.
Melissa said…
Thanksgiving marks my one year anniversary of veganism - NO turkey for me!!! We adopted Reese the turkey from Farm Sanctuary instead! New compassionate traditions rock!

-Melissa
www.GreenBeansandYam.com
dirtyduck said…
no turkeys will be dined upon over here:)
Heavy Metta said…
I, Val Kaye, pledge not only to NOT eat turkey, but I pledge I will not even be anywhere NEAR a turkey, unless it's alive and well and sitting in a chair next to me, eating vegan stuffing and corn on the cob. ;)
Marie said…
I will never eat Turkey again for Thanksgiving or on any other day. I just want to see them live happy long lives :-)
Sara said…
Turkey Smerky. I wouldn't even consider eating a turkey (because I have already considered it). No turkey on Thanksgiving or on any other day for as long as we both may live. ;)
Anonymous said…
Turkeys are my friends. I vow never to eat them.
Madman said…
I, Brian Leahy, have eaten turkey every year to date, but I pledge to have a turkey-free Thanksgiving this year!
lss said…
I, Lauren Small, pledge to not eat Turkey on this , or any, Thanksgiving. Vegan for life!
Melanie said…
I, Melanie, did not eat a turkey on my Thanksgiving, (yay Canada!) and pledge not to eat turkey on your Thanksgiving, or any other day of the year!

A toast to the turkeys! May you all have a very happy Thanksgiving! <3
Liz Longacre said…
I, Liz Longacre, pledge not to eat turkey for Thanksgiving or for any other day at any other time in any place ever for the rest of my life!!!!!! Awesome video!!!
Lesley said…
I, Lesley Johnson, a happy and proud vegan, pledge to not eat a single turkey or any other animal or animal product this Thanksgiving or any other day of any other year. (Plus, I have many turkey friends I love very much. Must be able to look them in the eye!)

Also? I love your blog and find it a very helpful, entertaining resource. Thank you!
Anonymous said…
I, Kimberly DiPersia, pledge to NOT eat turkey this year! This makes Year 2! :)
I, Luz Bujosa pledge not to eat any turkey on this or any thanksgiving to come. My table will always be cruelty free for thanksgiving, AMEN :)
debaug said…
Second year of no turkeys for me :)
Anonymous said…
Definitely NO turkey or any other animal product for me and my husband on Thanksgiving or any other day!!!! Who could ever eat something that was once living...YUCK and cruel!
Aeyan said…
I, the Yogatographer, promise to only kiss on and photograph turkeys, never to eat them; to celebrate with turkey dances all their love and joy!
Pharaoh's Cat said…
I am celebrating my 4th year without turkey and inviting a bunch of friends over to join me!!!
Kait said…
I, a happy vegan, will not ever eat a turkey nor any other animal, nor contribute to the horrors of the dairy and egg industry. These animals are my god. I would like to see 100,000 pledges...
Todd said…
I will be having a cruelty free Thanksgiving
Krysten said…
No turkey for me on Thanksgiving or any other day of the year. Unfortunately there will still be turkey consumed in my household on Thanksgiving because my husband is omni and there's no convincing him of any other way.
Alyx Williams said…
I, Alyx Williams, pledges to never harm another turkey, ever again!
Even though, I live in Canada, and we've had our Thanksgiving(didn't eat any then either!) I still pledge to pass.
Meghan said…
I will not be eating turkey this year. The Monday following this Thanksgiving is my one year no-more-meat-for-me-ever-again anniversary!
NO turkey for me! My daughter, Wynne, won't be eating it either -- her choice. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Ciddy Fonteboa said…
I, Ciddy Fonteboa, will pledge to ALWAYS support a Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving so the consumption world becomes less powerful. I pledge to be part fo the solution in ending animal suffering because their pain is NO different then my pain. I pledge to always educate others how the CRUEL FACTORY FARMING will cease one day if more people did not eat animals. I pledge to be Vegan 4 Life so I can sleep at night. Thank you. xxoo
I've just reached my year mark as a Vegan! I will not be eating turkey for thanksgiving or forever!!!
Jennifer said…
No turkey. Cooking a vegan feast at home this year.
Lindsay said…
Over 40 pledges so far! This is amazing guys and gals! You are all fabulous, kind, compassionate rock stars! Keep them coming!! :)
kato said…
This will be 6 years without turkey for me!!!
Ali said…
I pledge to not eat turkey. I will show my extended family what delicious food I can make without meat, dairy, or eggs. A few are on the fence and are interested because of their health, now is a great time to help grow that seed planted in their head that it is possible.
Anonymous said…
Vegan Thanksgiving for my husband and I, including some friends from various walks of life! This will be the best Thanksvegan ever!
Erika said…
I, Erika, aka the Bohemian Vegan, will DEFINITELY NOT be eating Turkey this Thanksgiving or any day of the year for that matter. I will encourage others to do the same and be thankful for people like Lindsay who help spread the word on animal compassion.
AKM said…
I, AKM, pledge not to eat turkey this Thanksgiving or at any other time! Animals are my friends and I don't eat my friends!
Curry St John said…
I have not eaten turkey in four years, and I will never turkey, nor any other animal (cow, lamb, pig, fish, chicken, turkey, any animal) ever again!

Happy Thanksliving!
Anonymous said…
I, Trista Norton, pledge not to eat a turkey today, tomorrow or ever.
Curry St John said…
Oh my, I left out the critical word: EAT, I will never EAT turkey, nor any other animal, again!
ktr said…
Oh HECK NO!! I won't eat Turkey Today, Tomorrow, or Forever. Long Live Tofurkey!
Molly said…
Never, never, never again will I eat a turkey (or any other animal!!!) How can I ever look them in the eye if I do?
Anonymous said…
I pledge never to eat turkey. I am so thankful for my 2 year old daughter and her love for animals that led us to being vegan. Thanks for Lindsay too! :)
Carla said…
I, Carla, pledge not to eat Turkey this Thanksgiving, let alone any animal products what so ever. In fact, I even adopted a turkey this Thanksgiving from Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project =) AMEN.
Abby said…
I pledge to NOT eat turkey this Thanksgiving day or ANY day for that matter!!!
amy said…
I not only refuse to eat a turkey but will donate to the farm sanctuarys' adopt-a-turkey program so a lucky turkey will get to live out its life in safety there.
Anonymous said…
I pledge to have a turkey-free, meat-free thanksgiving! Happy TOFURKEY day everyone!
~Rebecca Bickham
Kristan said…
I will not eat turkey or any animal on Thanksgiving or any other day of the year! I also donated to the Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey charity - you should too!
simone said…
I'm making the pledge!
yoona said…
I pledge not to eat turkey. 9th year and in it for good!
Sydney said…
No turkey for me!!!
Branden said…
I pledge I will not eat ONE BITE of turkey this Thanksgiving.
Angela said…
I, Angela, pledge not to eat Turkey on Thanksgiving (or ever again) and will say a special prayer for these amazing animals exploited for the sake of "tradition".
Marathon Mama said…
No turkey in my house!!! We will be feasting on tofurkry!
Kristina said…
No Turkey for me!!!!!!
Whitney said…
I will most definitely not being eating turkey this thanksgiving, or any other thanksgiving again!! I will however.. trace my hand on a piece of paper to look like a turkey, cus that's just fun!
Anonymous said…
Year 5 of turkey-free Thanksgiving: pass the Tofurkey!
jamie said…
i thought from your facebook comments this was also to pledge for farm sanctuary adopt a turkey project! well, guess i'll go do that on my own.. ;)

i haven't eaten a single turkey in 18 years! how is that for commitment? i know compassion lies within all sentient beings, and i for one will not stand for cruelty to animals.
Anonymous said…
This Thanksgiving will be my first one without Turkey... and not the last! No turkey for me, and my family!
Emily said…
No turkey for me this year! But plenty of delicious vegan dishes instead!
I, Rachel Kay, Pledge NOT TO eat a Turkey on Thanksgiving and NOT TO EVER eat any living being for the rest of my life and into eternity. Veganism is the way I live, for the animals we love and for myself.
Brandi Duffy said…
I made the pledge decades ago -- no animal products (food/clothing) for me.

So I easily pledge zero turkey. Didn't eat it as a little kid, either. Have been a vegetarian for 19+ years and vegan nearly 9 years. And there is never any looking back.

Vegan peanutbutter tofu pie and vegan pumpkin pie -- that's my thanksgiving.
Cheryl H said…
I will be enjoying my Tofurky Vegan "Thanksgiving" kit, with a Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie and all the yummy goodness of roasted vegetables, topped off by a visit to Maple Farm Sanctuary on Saturday to kiss my Turkey Friends...Im grateful my eyes are open this Holiday.
This will be my 4th Thanksgiving not consuming turkey or any other animal based products. Instead my diet is full of wonderful unprocessed plant based foods. I am so thankful for this lifestyle and the peace and joy it provides. Happy Thanksgiving!
Anonymous said…
I, Catherine, will not be eating turkey this Thanksgiving because I have no right to kill another animal to consume. Animals are not ours to eat on Thanksgiving or for any other reason.
JS said…
I, Julie, will not eat turkey or any other animals on thanksgiving or ever!
virginia pearl said…
Hi Lindsay! This is Candice from The Kind Life Forum! I just moseyed over here from the link you shared. (And I've never typed out "moseyed" before.. hehe).

Here is my pledge! I renew my commitment to not eat a turkey this Thanksgiving! I have been a vegetarian since 1991, and this will be my first declared Thanksgiving as a vegan!
Save the sweet, playful turkeys!

love,
Candice
xo
Lauren Sowa said…
This is my second year as a vegetarian and I couldn't be happier. Let the little turkeys run free!
CYoFC said…
I, chooseyourownfoodchain, pledge to not eat a turkey this Thanksgiving, and I will never, ever, ever eat a turkey or any other animal for that matter, because eating animals is JUST PLAIN WACK!
Zoe said…
I pledge not to eat turkey for Thanksgiving.
Beary said…
I, Beary from the Kind Life community (and in memory of dear friend B.D.L. who passed away on thanksgiving day), pledge never to put my lips on a turkey except to maybe give a little peck to a real, living turkey!

Happy Gentle & Kind Thanksgiving to all of the animal lovers out there.
Hilary said…
No turkey for me - on Thanksgiving or any other day! The only thing getting stuffed over the holidays at my house is me...hehe

Have a great holiday, my friend!
David Coman-Hidy said…
Plant foods for me, please!
REBECCA VEGANLOVE said…
VEGAN 4 LIFE <3
Anonymous said…
I pledged to never eat animals or animal byproducts ever again several years ago, I stay true to my words and pledge to never eat a turkey again, vegan thanksgivings taste better! <3
Anonymous said…
No turkey for me! I can't stop the rest of my family unfortunately, but no way for me. (and I'm about to celebrate my first full year as a vegetarian!)
-Annie
B Stro said…
I, Ben Strothmann, pledge NOT to eat any turkeys on this Thanksgiving. Or ever. Instead I hope to bake a loaf of chocolate chip pumpkin bread with my awesome Vegan roommate.
yogaturtle said…
I, Erica Settino, founder of Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. pledge not to eat a turkey or any other animal this Thanksgiving or any other day. A happy thanksgiving is a cruelty free thanksgiving.
Alice Ruth said…
I, Alice Ruth, pledge not to eat a turkey, ever! Indeed, I am thankful for these wonderful beings.
kelly said…
It has Always made me sad and been down right disturbing to cook turkeys. I am thankful for all the humans who agree not to eat these intelligent loving creatures.
To all the happy turkeys that were sparred this Thanksgiving; and much love to the ones that were not.
Anonymous said…
Tofurkey! :)
No turkey for me, and I'm through with dating them too. ;)
Sunshinemeg said…
I, Megan, pledge to NOT eat turkey this year. I am about to mark my first year as a vegetarian and am moving into the vegan world. I believe in animal rights! Yay for mashed potatoes!
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