TOFU THE TURKEY
Tofu, this sweet little guy fell from the transport truck on his way
slaughter. Extremely ill, injured and barely alive he was immediately
quarantined and given all the gentle care necessary in hopes he would
pull through. Tofu will not meet the cruel fate of slaughter for human
consumption this Thanksgiving holiday. Instead, he will live out his
life at our Sanctuary. This Thanksgiving we feel truly blessed to have
this little angel alive, happy and healthy. He is truly a happy addition
to our Sanctuary family. Welcome Tofu!
Note From Our Founder:His
condition was alarming to say the very least. He was extremely ill and quite
injured. He was swollen, in pain and barely alive. While all his intake photos
upset me-the photos of both left and right sides, and the front views of his very swollen face break my
heart. As a woman, I have experience with not only
abused and injured animals, but my own mother, as well as several other
exceptional women in my life, all survivors of domestic abuse. The face of this
little animal is no different than the faces of so many others I have had the
absolute privilege of knowing, of loving, and to have as dear friends in my
life. All survivors, all incredible, all beautiful.-Elisa of
It never ceases to amaze me what love can do. And this little guy is certainly easy to love.
has been just 2 weeks since I found Tofu virtually lifeless and in such
incredible pain. He has shown remarkable improvement and is now
bright-eyed and a very happy boy. He began immediately responding to
my voice and within a couple days, knew his name and comes when he is
called. He began communicating with soft chirps and purrs which have
turned into big, happy chirps and squawks. His first experience with a
large, but very kind, orange rescue kitty resulted in a few little
hisses and some puffing up of newly sprouted feathers and now kitties
are his friends. He is intelligent, aware, loving and such a joy to
have around. If he is not following me around the barn and "helping"
with chores you can see him hanging out with his new best friend, Moe, a
very handsome rescued bantam rooster. Soon Tofu will join all the other
rescued fowl where we hope he will blend in nicely and live a long,
happy life here at NARS.
To see more photos of Tofu and please
see our Northwoods Animal Rescue Sanctuary Facebook page and click on Photos/Tofu and go to our Facebook wall for
updates and video. NARS Founder, Elisa and the now infamous "Tofu" 9/20/2012
Thank you Tofu for reminding us
what being truly thankful is all about. Because of you, we see and will
celebrate Thanksgiving differently. We will not center our table around
your death but in celebration of your life, of life in general. You
have taught us that every creature, no matter the size, shape or specie,
is one to be cared for, respected, cherished and appreciated. In your
eyes I see hope, I see kindness and I see joy. You have opened our
hearts as well as our minds. From now on, we will be reminded of you, of
your pain as well as your courage, and we will celebrate life and will
forever be thankful for this precious little turkey that came into our
lives and touched the hearts of so many. You remind us all that
love and kindness can in fact heal the world. -Elisa, Founder of NARS
Holiday Table With Meat-Eaters
Thank you Animal Rights Coalition of Minnesota for the following articles;
The holidays are right around the corner. It's a time
for joy and peace and goodwill toward all. Or not. For many vegans and
vegetarians holidays are a time of stress and sadness because it means having to
attend family get-togethers and meals where most everyone else is eating
People who eat traditional American food tend to be
defensive about their choices, while vegetarians and vegans may feel alienated.
Here are some tips to help you avoid a food fight at your upcoming holiday
If you're going to be eating a meal prepared by someone
else, explain to your host ahead of time that you are committed to eating
cruelty-free and that you are willing to be flexible about how to guarantee
there are options for you. You may want to suggest that you bring your own main
dish or help the cook(s) veganize the side dishes.
If someone accuses you of being difficult, explain that
you want to do whatever is least burdensome for others while not compromising
your deeply held beliefs.
Refusing to eat animal products is a serious ethical
choice. Just as no one would expect someone whose religion shuns a certain food
to eat it anyway, it is unreasonable to expect a vegetarian or vegan to make an
exception during Thanksgiving.
You may not want to bring up your reasons for being
vegan or vegetarian but it is almost guaranteed that someone will ask you why
you are not eating animal products. You know your friends and family best, so
you can answer them accordingly. With some, it might be best to suggest talking
one-on-one after the meal to prevent a conflict. With others, the table may be
the perfect opportunity to explain animal rights to an attentive audience. If
the conversation turns hostile, recommend that people talk to you after the
meal. It's never a bad idea to have some Vegetarian Starter Kits on hand so you
can offer a resource to curious family and friends. ARC can provide you with a
If you are hosting Thanksgiving, you are not obligated
to forego your ethics in order to appease others' taste buds. If people
complain, explain that you understand why they might not want to attend a vegan
Thanksgiving but that you're sure they'll be pleasantly surprised when they see
the array of delicious foods. Also let it be known that you won't be offended if
they turn down your invite.
Keep in mind that providing information and tasty
alternatives to animal products is the best way to help turkeys this holiday
heard it, especially this time of year: "Turkeys are so dumb, they'll stare up
at the rain with their mouths open until they drown." This "fact" is often used
by meat-eaters as one of their justifications for killing and eating turkeys.
Aside from intelligence not being a morally justifiable reason for killing or
eating anyone, this myth about turkeys drowning in the rain is exactly
that -- a myth.
not look up to see rain. Like most birds, turkeys do not have binocular vision,
that is, the ability to focus both eyes on an object at the same time. They
have monocular vision which means they have eyes on opposite sides of their
heads, allowing them a wider field of vision in order to detect predators. A
turkey's eyes point sideways, so a turkey attempting to look at something above
his or her normal plane of vision would tilt the head sideways not up.
The origin of
this myth, according to Oregon State University animal science professor Tom
Savage, appears to be a genetic condition called tetanic Tetanic
torticollar spasms. This neurological condition causes afflicted birds to cock
their heads and stare at the sky for 30 seconds or more.
example of how a misunderstood animal behavior becomes identified as proof that
the animal is lacking in intelligence," Savage says. He adds, "I've always
viewed turkeys as smart animals with personality and character and keen
awareness of their surroundings. The dumb tag simply doesn't fit."
the next time you hear someone say turkeys are stupid, set them straight. And
you might also point out that Benjamin Franklin felt so strongly about turkeys
that they were his choice for America's national bird. Maybe if Franklin had
gotten his way Americans would be honoring these grand and friendly birds on
Thanksgiving instead of slaughtering them by the millions.