Re "Prepare your holiday feast with food safety in mind" (Our Region, Nov. 19): More than 300 million turkeys are slaughtered for food in the U.S. each year. Much like the pets with whom we share our lives, turkeys are intelligent and playful animals who enjoy the company of others. Like all animals, turkeys are sentient beings.
Turkeys are routinely mutilated without painkillers and abused in ways that would warrant felony cruelty charges if cats or dogs were the victims instead. Lately, undercover investigations into the meat industry have been featured on mainstream news. This is a trend that will continue to grow. I think it would be fabulous to feature an article about a vegan Thanksgiving. Alternative recipes featuring vegan food does not have to be boring.
-- Tracy Principi, Sacramento
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