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Turkeys pampered instead of put to death

  • Anne and Jessica ‘Turkey’ are spending their Thanksgiving being pampered instead of being baked.
  • After the Thanksgiving pampering, the turkeys will live in a sanctuary

Here’s a take on the Thanksgiving spirit that just might make you think twice about your big meal.   

Consider this: unlike your unlucky bird, Anne and Jessica – ‘Turkey’ – are spending their Thanksgiving being pampered, and that’s not a euphemism for being baked in the oven!

Named after Hollywood’s lovely and vocal vegans Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain – the two feathery fowls were rescued from certain death by Southern California animal rights activist Karen Dawn who took them to her house for a little bit of pampering and holiday appreciation!

While other turkeys get plucked and roasted, Karen treated Anne and Jessica to a not-so-broiled bath and blow dry: fluffing their feathers just in time for an elegant, ‘turkey-less’ Thanksgiving feast! They’re even topping the evening off with a bottle of Wild Turkey Bourbon!

“I do this as a fun way to send a serious message,” Dawn said.

“Most people would be unaware that most animal cruelty laws exempt farm animals and turkeys are not even covered under federal humane slaughter laws -- so their lives and deaths for our holiday celebration are unconscionably painful.

Dawn says she planned this unusual occasion to show that ‘turkey day’ is a lot more fun when turkeys are ‘alive and well.

After Thanksgiving, she says Anne and Jessica will head to Animal Place in Grass Valley Northern California to live out their lives as turkey ambassadors.

Visit the Animal Place fundraising page.

Watch Karen's video diary at

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