Portia de Rossi Wants You to 'Adopt' A Turkey This Year
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, actress and animal lover (and vegan) Portia de Rossi is encouraging people to try a new tradition this year: adopt a turkey, rather than eat one.
The “Scandal” star is teaming up with Farm Sanctuary as its new spokesperson for their annual “Adopt a Turkey” project.
Since 1986, the organization has provided turkey sponsorships for only $30. The donation allows Farm Sanctuary to rescue turkeys from horrific conditions, while providing them with care at one of their sanctuaries in New York and California. The funds also go towards educating people about turkeys and other farm animals.
“I’m excited to be adopting a turkey for Farm Sanctuary. Contrary to what most people believe, turkeys are just as smart, loving, and full of feeling as my dogs,” de Rossi said in a statement. “I’m happy to join people who want to make a positive difference for these animals. Making a one-time donation to sponsor a rescued turkey is a fun and easy way to help.”
It’s no surprise that de Rossi would support such a worthwhile cause. She, along with her wife Ellen DeGeneres, are noted vegans. “I really love animals and I don’t want to be a part of harming them in any way,” de Rossi said last year.
And with as many as 300 million turkeys being killed in the U.S. alone under wretched and abusive conditions, it might be time to rethink eating turkey this Thanksgiving, and adopt one, instead.