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(article, Ashley Griffin Gartland)

For many, Thanksgiving just isn't complete without an oven-browned turkey. But the folks at the Farm Sanctuary — an organization founded in 1986 to encourage awareness and protection of farm animals — don't agree. 

Since its very first year, the Farm Sanctuary has run an annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project to help save thousands of turkeys from the slaughterhouse. The goal? To encourage families to feed a turkey rather than eat it.

Families who contact Farm Sanctuary and meet the organization's adoption criteria will be given not just one but two live turkeys to take home. (The birds don’t do well alone; they like company.) 

Those who can’t adopt due to constraints of time, space, or money can sponsor a turkey that will then live out its life at the Farm Sanctuary.

Adopting a turkey, of course, isn’t the only way to avoid eating one of the millions of turkeys devoured each year at Thanksgiving. You can also try going meatless with the wide variety of holiday menu alternatives developed in recent years. 

Now that's talking turkey.

Also on Culinate: A story about alternative Thanksgiving dishes.