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This Thanksgiving will be my first as a vegetarian, but it also happens that my birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year.<br><br>
I'm worried about dealing with my extended Southern carnivore hunting family,it's not like a can hide in the background, and all I have a lot of attention focused on me.<br><br>
Does anyone else have a birthday that sometimes falls on Thanksgiving, or any traditional meat eating holiday.<br><br>
What is your experience.
 

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My birthday isn't on Christmas, but it's near Christmas. Though Thanksgiving isn't my birthday, I'm also worried about it. My family was fine with me going veggie at first, but the longer I've kept it up the more uncomfortable they've become with it. I've recently gotten into a few arguments about my eating habits, and I'm also worried about going home for Thanksgiving. To make things worse, I've never even eaten meat on Thanksgiving - I've always disliked turkey. The only advice I can give is to keep your chin up and don't let the haters get to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> They can't stay upset about it forever. It would be an exhausting waste of energy to bring up the same argument every time there's a family gathering. Keep calm and carry on!
 

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Luckily, you have a great response to "what do you want for your birthday?"<br>
You can say, "I'd like you to spare one turkey's life. I'd like for us to all enjoy a vegetarian Thanksgiving."<br><br>
And then on the topic of you being a "Thanksgiving baby," you can remind them that most Thanksgiving turkeys are mere babies when they are slaughtered. In the wild, turkeys spend the first 6 months or so with their mothers. But factory farmed turkeys are usually killed at about 3-6 months of age. (BTW, these mutant beasts were created by artificial insemination because they've been bred to be so large that they can no longer have sexual intercourse. And remember, the Humane Slaughter Act and Animal Welfare Act exempt turkeys from legal protection so cruelty abounds.
 

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Luckily, you have a great response to "what do you want for your birthday?"<br>
You can say, "I'd like you to spare one turkey's life. I'd like for us to all enjoy a vegetarian Thanksgiving."<br><br>
And then on the topic of you being a "Thanksgiving baby," you can remind them that most Thanksgiving turkeys are mere babies when they are slaughtered. In the wild, turkeys spend the first 6 months or so with their mothers. But factory farmed turkeys are usually killed at about 3-6 months of age. (BTW, these mutant beasts were created by artificial insemination because they've been bred to be so large that they can no longer have sexual intercourse. And remember, the Humane Slaughter Act and Animal Welfare Act exempt turkeys from legal protection so cruelty abounds.</div>
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Wow, I didn't know all that, but that's really sad. Most of the omnis I know don't eat veal because they think it's cruel, but really eating turkey every thanksgiving is just as bad! And really, when I think about it, why does it seem worse to eat babies? With humans, babies and children seem to be seen as innocent, because they often haven't learned to hate or act cruelly as other humans do, but with nonhuman animals, they're all innocent, regardless of age.
 
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