Watch Turkeys Feast at this Time-Honored Thanksgiving Celebration

On November 4 in New York and November 18 in California, rescued turkeys will be given a seat at the table, not on it, at Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys. Since 1986, the world’s first farm animal sanctuary and advocacy organization has flipped the script on Thanksgving by hosting an event that honors the fascinating birds at the center of the holiday, instead of harming them. 


The event comes at a time when bird flu, officially known as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), has resurfaced on commercial poultry farms in the U.S. after being absent since April. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 58.8 million chickens, turkeys and other birds have been wiped out by the disease since 2022, with nearly 46 million more turkeys slated to be killed in the U.S. for Thanksgiving.

“Thanksgiving is supposed to be about gratitude, but the factory farming industry has co-opted it to promote the consumption of turkeys who’ve suffered tortured lives on industrial farms,” said Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “It’s more fun and more compassionate to celebrate the holiday with turkeys as our friends, instead of eating them.”

The event will feature:

  • Delicious Plant-Based Food
  • Virtual Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony (due to Avian Influenza)
  • Speaker Presentations from Beyond Meat CEO and Founder Ethan Brown (CA) and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur (NY and CA)
  • Book Signing by Gene Baur
  • Open Sanctuary Time with Rescued Animals

Event: Celebration for the Turkeys – LA

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023 

Time: Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT

Location: 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton, CA 93510

Tickets: All humans welcome!

People who cannot attend the event, but would still like to honor turkeys this holiday season can symbolically adopt a turkey through the organization’s Adopt a Turkey campaign.

Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary fights the disastrous effects of animal agriculture on animals, 

people, and the planet through rescue, education, and advocacy. The organization provides lifelong care for animals rescued from abuse at Sanctuary locations in New York and California, fosters just and compassionate vegan living, and advocates for legal and policy reforms. To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit

Credit: Farm Sanctuary.

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