Thanksgiving, a time where we get together with our families and say what we are thankful for. Such a happy holiday right? Think again. The truth about Thanksgiving... Massachusetts colony govnerner John Winthrop declared this day to celebrate the colonial soldiers who slaughtered 700 Pequot men, women and children. For Native Americans Thanksgiving is a dark and sad day. <--- And that is just a small look into Thanksgiving. Ask questions and do research. Now, here I am with Gwen at @maplefarmsanctuary "Gwendolyn (Gwen) was rescued on Thanksgiving Day in 2016. She was actually found by a hunter who had gone into the woods looking for a wild turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, the hunter spotted Gwen, a domestic turkey who was likely being raised by an individual or small farm for a Thanksgiving meal but escaped. The hunter could see that Gwen was injured and knew that she would not survive long on her own, so he called us. MFS does not condone hunting, but we were grateful for the act of compassion shown by this man and agreed to help. Cheri immediately examined Gwen and determined that she had likely been attacked by a coyote or other animal. Fortunately her injuries were not too severe, and Cheri treated them to prevent infection and gave Gwen lots of clean water, nutritious food, and room to rest. Gwen is a very friendly turkey. She often hangs out with the chickens but she also loves people—she even responds with a soft purring noise when Cheri talks to her. Gwen is a great ambassador for other turkeys and will be our guest of honor every Thanksgiving from now on." (Credit from Maple Farm Sanctuary website). At MFS I fell in love with Gwen, she is sweet and lovable. I could go get enough of her wonderful spirit. Why do we love dogs and cats and disregard a turkey such as Gwen? Approximately 46 million turkeys die on Thanksgiving alone. How very sad. We are approaching 2019 you guys! It's time to eat with compassion. Could you kill a turkey like Gwen? If you answered "no" then why are you paying someone to do it for you? There are so many vegan options now so there really is no excuses anymore. (Read more in comments).