My family and I have had the privilege of watching this wonder of nature for the last few weeks…and today our favorite hummingbird became a mama. How appropriate that her first egg hatched on Mother’s Day.
Where would we all be without bees? We certainly wouldn’t be eating the fruits and veggies that we adore.
My family and I recently watched the documentary, Vanishing of the Bees. I highly recommend this film for the light it sheds on this issue. In addition to learning about Colony Collapse Disorder, I learned a lot about bees in general (they are fascinating beings).
This year when I plant my garden I want to focus some attention on adding some plants that bees really love…my way of saying thank you to them for all that they do. I found a great article from the Honeybee Conservancy about planting a bee garden (click HERE for the article).
I am sure that a lot of you are planning your Thanksgiving meals full swing right now (so fun!) and for many of you (including me), you will be going to Thanksgiving at someone else’s house where a roasted Turkey will take center stage. Thanksgiving can be a touchy time for plant-based eaters / vegans (which ever label you prefer) in that so much focus is put on the turkey and as a result we tend to get a lot of attention from family and friends for not consuming any.
I know a lot of you feel guilt about attending a Thanksgiving celebration where turkey is served. Rest assured that there is something you can do to help offset your guilt…Adopt-A-Turkey! For 25 years now Farm Sanctuary has been rescuing turkeys at Thanksgiving time (and all year round). Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project:
“[S]eeks to end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about their plight, and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday. For a one-time $30 donation, anyone can sponsor turkeys residing at Farm Sanctuary. Sponsor a turkey and receive a special adoption certificate in your name – or give sponsorships as gifts for family and friends. Donations are also needed to support our lifesaving efforts to promote a compassionate Thanksgiving and protect all farm animals.”
For the second year in a row, Ellen DeGeneres is the spokesperson for this wonderful project.
Says DeGeneres: “Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in the United States? More than 46 million for Thanksgiving alone. So, this Thanksgiving instead of eating a turkey, please join me in adopting one from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project and you can give a turkey something to be thankful for.”
Image of Ellen courtesy of VegNews
Turkey images courtesy of FarmSanctuary