Opinion : What You Should Know About Thanksgiving Turkeys

Vol: 82 Issue: 1

This Thursday, November 25, 2021, millions of people across the U.S. will celebrate an annual beloved holiday, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving not only celebrates the first feast had by the Pilgrims of Plymouth, and the Wampanoag people in 1621, but it also celebrates the blessings of the past year. In these past two years, many Americans have faced great challenges in their lives, whether it be due to the Covid-19 pandemic, losing a loved one, becoming unemployed, or any number of tragedies. Yet, many people have much to be grateful for. In a survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, the number one thing Americans are grateful for this year is their families. With those families, many Americans gather at a table, and prepare for a tasty meal as Thanksgiving is known by many as the holiday of eating! The tradition of families sitting down to eat a large meal, usually having turkey, still remains in many households. A CBS News poll, from November, 2021, shows that 1 in 3 Americans will be eating turkey as their main course for Thanksgiving dinner! About 45 million turkeys are killed every year for Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Many Americans are beginning to change their traditions within their families, after becoming vegan or vegetarian. Thousands of Americans are vegan for three main reasons; a vegan diet can promote better long term health, it can protect animals who are slaughtered inhumanely, and lastly, a vegan diet is more sustainable for the environment. 

So, on Thanksgiving evening, when you are thanking your family members, and our Lord for this year's past blessings, please do ponder about what you put into your body, and what effect that can have on our blessed Earth. 


  • 11/24/2021
  • By FRANCESCA PICONE '24