APwv 11/26 0141 W.Va. Briefs MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- A Hare Krishna group treated 20 tu
APwv 11/26 0141 W.Va. Briefs
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- A Hare Krishna group treated 20 turkeys to a
vegetarian meal in a turnabout of the Thanksgiving tradition.
Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada, the spiritual leader of the sect's New
Vrindaban community, said Wednesday the event was staged to mark the fifth year
of the groups' Palace Charities Vegetarian Meals on Wheels.
"Everyone who eats poor innocent animals is breaking God's law," Bhaktipada
said. "The animal ... takes his birth in this great country of ours and
therefore has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
"On Thanksgiving, everyone is thankful except the poor turkeys."
The turkeys used in the event were donated by Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit
animal protection agency based in Rockland, Del. The birds will be allowed to
live on the sect's compound, Bhaktipada said.
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