Farm Sanctuary's Happy Thanksgiving for turkeys


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This weekend, turkeys celebrate with pumpkin pie, squash and cranberries at the Farm Sanctuary in Orland.

They are being treated to their own Thanksgiving feast today during the farm's annual feeding ceremony to be attended by human well-wishers.

Those who missed this celebration and fundraiser still can visit the sanctuary on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 19080 Newville Road, eight miles west of Orland across from Black Butte Lake.

The public will receive free tours of the 300-acre farm and "get to hang out with the turkeys," Shelter Manager Leanne Cronquist said.

This facility is home to hundreds of farm animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits, donkeys and birds such as ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys rescued from abusive situations.

Normally, the farm is closed for the winter, but this weekend provides one more chance for children and families to see the animals before it re-opens next spring.

Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur joins celebrities and hundreds of guests today for the turkey celebration, a vegan dinner and music. However, the event is sold out, officials said.

Sunday, farm staff will give guided tours of the different livestock barns, allowing people to pet and talk with the animals and birds, Cronquist said.

The pig barn may be off-limits, however, because of the "swine flu" situation, sanctuary officials said on its Web site, as they try to protect the animals from exposure to the virus.

But the other critters will be available on the tours and most are friendly toward individuals and small groups of visitors.

The organization is headquartered in Watkins Glen, New York, and pushs for humane treatment of farm animals across the country. It also protests against factory farming practices members say abuse animals and birds and lobbies for legislation to protect livestock and fowl.

At the Orland farm, a "People Barn" sells vegan snacks, books and literature for those interested.


For more information, call 865-4617 or visit the
Farm Sanctuary online at


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