Thanksgiving by the Numbers: 46 Million Turkeys Give Their Lives

Posted by Neil Spencer on November 15th, 2012 at 11:08 am

The original Thanksgiving was a 3-day harvest feast held by the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1621, which makes Thanksgiving one of the oldest holiday traditions of the Americas, started by some of the first European settlers. The Thanksgiving we experience today is very different, and Turkeys know the full brunt of Thanksgiving's wrath. Nearly 46 million turkeys will lay down their lives for our rumbling bellies, with nearly 88% of Americans eating turkey this Thanksgiving.

It's safe to say we've come a long way in the almost 400 years since the first Thanksgiving. While the first settlers were just hoping to make it through the winter months, we're stuck contemplating on if we're capable of pulling off a vegan Thanksgiving. We also rack our brains on whether or not we want to brave the lines at our favorite retail shops on Black Friday, or order gifts from the comfort of our couch on Cyber Monday.

via: History

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