If you were to ask me what I would NOT do during Thanksgiving, I would say, I would not eat one of these beautiful birds. The Good Shephard Heritage Turkey has been announced and apparently the birds are fed with vegetarian feed. Thus, you would be eating vegetarian birds and I must really admire the thoughtfulness of the Turkey farmers who think it is OK to eat birds that are fed with vegetarian feed.
That does not make the turkey consumers vegetarian in any way! These birds are grown according to the American Poultry Association’s Standards of Perfection and have even received Animal Welfare Institute’s Animal Welfare Approved certification. I would say, spend $120 to $200 and save these beautiful birds from ending up on somebody’s plate.
Though it is one’s personal choice to consume what he or she wants, I cannot imagine these lovely birds being skinned and cooked, and then eaten while “thanking” for ones blessings. That would cross the limits of hypocrisy! If you have any conscience and really want to thank someone, show it by saving the lives of these playful and affectionate turkeys.