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Nov 24, 2008

Turkey Dinner for Turkeys

People, if you want an alternative to your turkey Thanksgiving dinner check out, Adopt-a-Turkey.com.

Guilty

Check out these adoptable dudes, stuffing themselves!

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Nommity nommity nommity

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Jeanette P. way to pour on the guilt like gravy. Thanks.

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OK, I'm in! Thanksgiving for all!

Katrina
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:31 AM

EPIC NUFFEST IN 3... 2... 1...

Theo
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:32 AM

As well as stuffing themselves, do they self baste?

Hon Glad
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:33 AM

Masterfully!

Theo
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:34 AM

Theo, thats naughty.

[Let he who is without sin baste the first... um, never mind - Ed.]

Hon Glad
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:36 AM

I give thanks for Cute Overload! Thanks for talking about the Thanksgiving for the Turkeys dinner, which sounds like such a fun and positive event. Look at the beaks on those turkeys, btw--evidence of "debeaking" by the turkey processors. So sad. Go, little turkeys! Snap up those cranberries and dig into that pie! :) P.S. Turkeys aren't the prettiest animals, but don't their wattles look like red neckerchiefs in these pictures? Perfect so they don't get punkin on their vests.

Lu
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:36 AM

I love the top two photos- definite flufferkin material, therefore suitable for a long life of feastingks and attentions. I love this post, it makes me happy I'm a vegetarian.

Psilopathic
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:42 AM

I'm feeling quite smug for being a veggie, too, Psilopathic. They look so happy! Chomp away, Turkingtons!

Polly
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:52 AM

Mmm, turkey lurkey!

I feel conflicted eating meat anymore. It's hard to divorce myself from the living, breathing animal anymore... and yet, MMMMM, Turkey!

Kristabelle
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 08:52 AM

I wonder if they can somehow create meat without having to create a head connected to it. :(

Dave
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:13 AM

stuffing themselves. ha!

ashley
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:13 AM

Cute! but it won't stop me from eating one this Thursday, they taste too good!

platedlizard
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:14 AM

I bought my Tofurkey, DID YOU???

Rhonda
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:22 AM

@Dave: scientists are hard at work "growing" meat in the lab:
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/04/invitro_meat

Bone-less Appetit!

P.S. Love the turkeys in the pie-eating contest. Go you gobblers, go!

260Oakley
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:31 AM

I'm sensing extreme disapproval from the turkey in the top right pic. Perhaps disapproving turkeys need their own website and book...

Aoife
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:41 AM

That top right turkey seems very disgruntled about the whole affair. Sheesh. Gives bunnies a run for their money!


I like nommity nommity, it has a nice sound to it. I think it might be better than nom nom nom. Discuss.

warrior rabbit
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:42 AM

Heyyyy...jinx!

warrior rabbit
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:43 AM

Notice that the turkeys in the upper left pic and the bottom have been debeaked--an awful part of being a creature bred to provide meat. How can something treated like that taste good? Be a vegan!!

Janet in Cambridge
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:43 AM

I never thought turkeys could be cute -- guess I was wrong!

I wish they'd provide information on the organization's website about finding cruelty-free meat. Not everyone wants to be vegetarian, but I'm sure lots of people would be open to finding local, free-range meat instead of poor debeaked turkeys.

Kelthulu
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:49 AM

(fighting urge for a Palin joke)

Check out this article on turkey-free turkeys:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122653028076622317.html

There's more than Tofurky out there. Personally, I blame the 7th Day Adventists and their pioneering faux-meat ways. I am totally hooked on the (Morningstar) spicy black bean burgers.

kar
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:54 AM

Kelthulu - They do talk about free-range and organic meat here:

http://www.adoptaturkey.org/aat/issues/freerange.html

Apparently, not as great as you might think. I assume they are still killed in the same way, which is the main reason I try to avoid meat. No turkey for me this Thanksgiving!

D
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 09:57 AM

nommity v. nom nom? I kind of use these terms differently from one another... But it's too difficult to explain.

mberkie0
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Yea, Happy Turkeys! I've been a vegetarian for 21 years, and am happier for it. There are free-range turkeys out there for those who would like to eat a turkey without the cruelty it endures at a factory farm. (My meat-eating-and-loves-it husband has considerably cut down his meat-eating because I cook vegetarian meals. He even likes fake chicken nuggets and Boca burgers, but doesn't think they taste like meat.)

lrm
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

oh you guys, having your thanksgiving all the way over here, so weird. (shakes head) turkeys look funny and i'd rather have salmon or lasagne for thanksgiving, like the one we have in october....

bee
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:05 AM

I guess technicaly nom nom is a verb and nommity is a... noun.

"EPIC NUFFEST"... Except at first I read that as a superlative, you know, as in mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the nuffest of them all.

Yes, I'm expecting a nuff fest, too, although so far so tame. Let the holiday season commence! Better go look at the licky licky Druncle kitteh again just to be safe.

warrior rabbit
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Um, just read about Adopt-a-Turkey at the website... forget about free range turkeys!

lrm
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:10 AM

i don't really like tofurkey- i prefer a good ol' Quorn Turk'y Roast (baked in a roasting bag with lots of veggies, dried fruit and nuts): http://www.quorn.us/cmpage.aspx?pageid=462&productid=146

nommity nom nom nom...

temperance
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM

I'm still debating whether to have any of the turkey this Thanksgiving (I gave up poultry last month). That turkey in the upper right-hand corner is not helping!!! He's very disappointed in me, I can tell.

Oh, well. So long as I can have my candied sweet potatoes and stuffing balls. OM NOM NOM.

Courtney
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:27 AM

if they keep eating all that pie, i wont need to make desert. i can get it all at once.

rob
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:28 AM

The spouse and I were adopted two years ago by a free-range group of turkeys.

They showed up on a Tuesday, and basically never left. They roost atop our greenhouse frame, or in the trees. We provide cracked corn and sunflower seeds and water. They wander at will on our property.

As my mom put it: Those are the smartest, luckiest turkeys ever -- they found the only vegetarians in (insert rural community name here)!

One of the hens has become so tame that she'll actually come in the house. She knows where the container of corn is, and she'll stand there til you open it, then she'll stick her head in and start scarfing down food like mad. Unnerves the cats, though. "Big Bird, in our House! AAAAHHHH!"


Hey Temperance -- I'd like more info on your technique for your Quorn turkey roast. We've got one in the freezer and are looking forward to baking it on Thursday. Your technique sounds yummy!

plaid-shirt pyrate
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

I guess that's a good way to fatten them up before the big day.

Sweet Pea
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Thanks so much for posting this! In 2007 271,000,000 turkeys were killed for food. And they didn't have to. Go veg for this Thanksgiving!

Ali
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Uhhmmm, I'm really sorry...but there is absolutely nothing cute about those critters.....

TamaraRose
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

It really doesn't matter if they're cute or not; no living being has to die so humans can eat. Just my humble opinion folks... obvy you can do whatever you feel is right.

sunnymum
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Vegetarian approved!

SarahMonster711
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 11:32 AM

@Plaid-shirt Pyrate: Nothing is as unnerving as "prey" that's five times your size.

Theresa
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM

plaid-shirt pyrate: there's a basic recipe for it on back of the box, i just like to add extra stuff: cut-up potatoes, corn, carrots, red onions, garlic, something green, dried cherries, and pecans.

my favorite 'stuffing' is a special k loaf (the kind without cottage cheese).

chow!

temperance
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Mmmmm turkey. I'm okay with these guys not being cute. But they sure are yummy.

CoffeeCup
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I hate when this comes up everything thanksgiving. What a terrible thing to waste money on when there are starving children and needy families out there (and yes, I'm a vegetarian but not the people hating sort).

vigilant20
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 11:53 AM

I still think they're ugly enough to eat. But you folks are a month late, thanksgiving was B4 hallowe'en! (canadian eh?)

Yolanda
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 11:58 AM

How about an extra helping of guilt? See in that last pic, how one of the turkeys looks a little bluish-gray? Their head and necks turn bluish like that when they're alarmed or frightened.

Redbone
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Thank goodness you didn't post the pictures of the Turkeys being interviewed. While they were happy about living, the guy in the background was firing up a woodchipper. I didn't see any trees....

(Can't believe I'm the first to make a Sara Palin reference.)

DaytimeDeb
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Yummy and cute, nice!

crazyweinerdoglady
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:17 PM

I've adopted, bitchez!

(I'm a sucker for crap like this.)

Yayy, I get to feel unconflicted on Thanksgiving again. Not because I'm a vegetarian or ethically superior in any way. Just because I'm a bachelor who's incapable of preparing any meal more complicated than dry cereal and bourbon (the Thanksgiving dinner of champions!).

Dexter Fishmore
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Not very turkeyish, but I was playing with the Gender Analyzer (http://www.genderanalyzer.com)... and when I fed it Cute Overload's URL, I got:

"An error occurred
Sorry, we can only classify web pages written in english"

Maybe a little too much LOLspeak? ;-)

David Harmon
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Just another crazy animal rights group wanting us to all become unhealthy vegetarians like them.

Quinadal
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Quinadal -- spoken like a true red-blooded moron.

Theo
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Those turkey guys totally look like Skeksis!

[Hmm, I bet you're right, and turkeys are what inspired the design for the Muppet Workshop peeps, at least partly... - Ed.]

Sarah
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Turkeys eat pie and cranberries? I didn't know that. I'm learning things on CO.

We bought lobster tails for Thanksgiving...so we've saved a turkey. It will be a disappointment to our cats though. They loved turkey leftovers.

Mandi
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 01:01 PM

I was there! The Celebration for the Turkeys was incredible. The turkeys were every bit as cute as they look in the pics. :-) They gobbled in excitement and then gobbled up loads of pumpkin pie, cranberries, and other goodies. The birds' welfare was the first priority, and they were surprisingly calm at being watched by better than a hundred people. If they were excited it was from rushing to the unexpected offering of tasty goodness!

Janice the Cat Lady
 |  Nov 24, 2008 at 01:05 PM

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