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November 27, 2019 - The Washington Post

At a few farms, turkeys are the guest this Thanksgiving - not the main course

At a few farms, turkeys are the guest this Thanksgiving - not the main course
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At Gene Baur's sanctuary for abused farm animals, a Thanksgiving dinner is held each year with turkeys as the guests of honor. The birds are feted, not feasted upon.

"We don't eat them," said Baur, an animal rights activist who lives in Arlington. "We eat with them." This twist on a culinary tradition aims to portray farm animals as living souls, as lovable as any house pet. And who would want to see Fido laid out in a roaster? "Turkeys enjoy human companionship so much they'll follow you around like a puppy," Baur said. Baur co-founded Farm Sanctuary as an animal rescue organization in 1986.

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