During our life together, Greg and I were profoundly influenced by visits to farm animal sanctuaries across the United States.
First there was Animal Place – originally in Vacaville, California, and now in Grass Valley – in the year 2000. By that year, Greg and I had already stopped eating mammal meat for ethical reasons. After our Animal Place tour taught us about the lives of farmed birds and fish, we realized that we had to stop eating anybody with eyes or a mother – and we immediately became vegetarian. Some years later, thanks to the foundation Animal Place gave us, Greg and I stopped eating dairy, eggs and all products of anybody with eyes or a mother. 🙂
After moving to the Washington DC area in 2002, Greg and I were particularly inspired by Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. One of many unforgettable experiences was meeting Alina the hen, quite an ambassador for her species, who greeted us at the gate to her enclosure, enjoyed being held and petted, and then saw us off when we left.
In gratitude for the many ways that Animal Place and Poplar Spring enriched Greg’s and my life together, and in recognition of all the work these two sanctuaries do to save farm animals’ lives and to educate the public, I have designated both of them as primary recipients of Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund grant money.
Animal Place and Poplar Spring are among the leading farm animal sanctuaries to host an annual Thanksgiving event that is centered around FEEDING TURKEYS instead of eating them. And of course, both events involve lots of great vegan food for human guests, as well as opportunities to visit resident sanctuary animals.
Animal Place has scheduled its 7th annual Thank the Turkeys event for Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm in Grass Valley, CA.
Poplar Spring will hold its Thanksgiving WITH the Turkeys Saturday, November 19, 2016 12:00 – 4:00 pm in Poolesville, MD.
I look forward to attending both of these events this year, and I look forward to connecting there with friends new and old, including human and non-human animals.