Alyson Cunningham writes in the Salisbury, Md., Daily Times:
For the last five years, Marissa Filderman has adopted a turkey for Thanksgiving.
But she's never interested in raising the feathered fellow.
The 24-year-old vegetarian is focused on saving that turkey from its inevitable holiday fate.
So each year, she adopts a foul from Farm Sanctuary, an organization which rescues abused farm animals and works to stop and expose cruel farming practices with shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif.
Around Thanksgiving, the sanctuary has a special turkey fundraiser that allows people to sponsor a turkey for $30 or a flock for $180.
According to the Farm Sanctuary's website, the organization has saved more than 1,000 turkeys in 24 years.
It's all too much for Troy Hadrick at Advocates for Agriculture, who responds:
As we approach Thanksgiving we think about all the things we are thankful for. Our family is thankful for the food we have to eat. But for too many families there isn’t much food to be had for the holidays. It makes it even harder to accept when we have people in our society giving money to animal rights groups to feed turkeys when that money could be used to feed their neighbors. Please support your local food banks so those less fortunate than you can enjoy Thanksgiving rather than a turkey.