By Shawna Leader/The AS Review
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Viking Union 565, the Western Animal Rights Network (WARN) will be hosting Turkeyless Thanksgiving. The entirely vegan meal will feature Tofurkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. The cost is $4 for Western students with ID and $6 for general admission.
The event is an opportunity for students to try foods they may not otherwise get to, WARN President Rebekah Kraft said. The meal also shows that people can still enjoy their holiday meals without killing animals, she said.
“You’re just rearranging how you approach your food,” Kraft said.
People have strong emotional ties to food and may think that they can’t enjoy their holidays without it, Kraft said. But WARN wants to show people that a vegan diet is not as limiting as one may think.
“My family has had vegetarian Thanksgivings for as long as I remember and it does not impede on our ability to celebrate a successful harvest,” Cassandra Jones, a member of WARN, said.
WARN also hosts the event in order to raise awareness, at least for one meal, about what animals go through, Kraft said.
According to a 2002 online poll by Time Magazine, 4 percent of the 10,007 adult Americans who took the poll considered themselves vegetarian. Of the people who called themselves vegetarian, 5 percent considered themselves vegan as well.