Celebrate 'ThanksVegan' This Year!
PETA is launching a fresh take on the traditional Thanksgiving holiday.
What Is ‘ThanksVegan’?
ThanksVegan is a day when compassionate people feast on meat-free roasts, mashed potatoes made with dairy-free milk and vegan butter, stuffing and green bean casserole made with savory vegan broth, and vegan pumpkin pie topped with 100% plant-based whipped cream. It’s a day to enjoy all the traditional Thanksgiving staples that we know and love—without contributing to the suffering that comes with raising and killing animals for food.
Spread Compassion: Encourage Local Restaurants to Offer ThanksVegan Meals
This year, there’s more than one way to help animals by celebrating ThanksVegan. In addition to cooking your own Thanksgiving feast, you can make a big difference in your community by asking local restaurants to serve a vegan dish—or dishes—this Thanksgiving season. They can even display PETA’s ThanksVegan sign to let diners know that they offer tasty vegan options.
There’s never been a better time to add festive vegan fare—the sale of vegan meat increased nearly 150% in 2019 and has continued to skyrocket during the pandemic. With so many delicious animal-free roasts available today—including Tofurky’s Plant-Based Roast, Field Roast’s Celebration Roast, Trader Joe’s Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast, and more—it’s easy for restaurants to add a humane holiday option to menus.
Companies across the country—including MOM’s Organic Market, Veestro, and Price Chopper—have already agreed to participate in ThanksVegan and will be offering plenty of festive, animal-free fare. And nearly two dozen restaurants have signed on, including Veg’n Out in La Mesa, California; Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix; Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Bandaloop in Arundel, Maine.
Why Celebrating Compassionately Matters
When given a good life at a sanctuary, turkeys often follow humans around like puppies looking for treats and affection. They’ve also been known to fall asleep in people’s laps while being petted. Turkeys are caring parents and spirited explorers who can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are normally slaughtered when they’re between 12 and 26 weeks old—and millions are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone. The young birds are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath, and they’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.
Cows, chickens, and other animals also suffer in order for the meat, egg, and dairy industries to produce butter, broth, and other conventional items that are used during the holidays and beyond. These animals aren’t so different from the cats and dogs with whom we lovingly share our homes and lives. It’s speciesist to act as though only certain animals experience pain and fear.
Celebrate With the Ultimate ThanksVegan Feast!
PETA's here to help you cook the meal of your life.
We’ve got a complete guide packed with delicious ThanksVegan recipes to help you whip up the most delectable holiday dinner you’ll ever make.
And check out these tantalizing vegan recipe videos for more inspiration in the kitchen:
Download PETA’s free ThanksVegan Holiday Guide for delicious holiday recipes, tips, and advice for answering difficult questions at the dinner table!
Now that you’re ready to have the perfect ThanksVegan dinner, be sure to share this page with your family, friends, and social media followers. Encourage them to join you in celebrating every holiday compassionately by leaving animals off their plates. You can even send them a free vegan starter kit on us.
Not only are vegan foods humane and environmentally friendly, they’re also better for you—for instance, they help boost your immune system, which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people with underlying health problems tend to be more susceptible to dying from the disease. PETA offers all the tips, tricks, tools, and resources that you’ll need to go vegan. So what are you waiting for?