Popular American television personality Ellen DeGeneres is lending her considerable clout to raising awareness about the cruel plight of turkeys during the holiday season. The compassionate vegan, for the second consecutive year, is serving as Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project spokesperson, inviting everyone to adopt, not eat, a turkey during holiday season.

“Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in the United States? More than 46 million for Thanksgiving alone,” explains DeGeneres.

For the past 25 years, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project has interested both carnivores and vegetarians alike, while providing support for the care of more than 1,000 rescued turkeys and inspiring people everywhere to make more compassionate choices.

For a one-time donation of just US$30 (€21.57), adopters, or a recipient of their choice, will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with a color photo of a rescued turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters with some fun details about their adopted turkey.

“We’re thrilled to have Ellen’s support again this year,” says Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur. “Here at Farm Sanctuary, we live with turkeys, so we know they are interesting and intelligent. Sadly, the meat industry subjects turkeys to intolerable cruelty and treats them like inanimate objects with no feelings or personalities.”

To get involved visit www.adoptaturkey.org or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.

Visit: www.farmsanctuary.org