10 Celebs that won’t be eating turkey for Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2011 at 12:23 p.m. ET

From Ellen DeGeneres to Kim Basinger, check out which celebrities are planning a turkey-free Thanksgiving celebration.

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You may be planning on roasting or even deep frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, but these ten celebrities are planning on celebrating turkeys instead of eating them.

Ellen DeGeneres

"Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in The United States? More than 46 million for Thanksgiving alone. So, this Thanksgiving, instead of eating a turkey, please join me in adopting one from Farm Sanctuary's Adopt A Turkey Project and you can give a turkey something to be thankful for."

Alicia Silverstone

"It's so simple to create a delicious holiday meal without animal cruelty. I promise no one will miss the turkey! Enjoy!"

Kim Basinger

"Every living thing feels pain and should be protected from cruelty. Farm animals are no different."

Actress Charlotte Ross

"We all oppose animal cruelty. But sometimes we forget that animals on farms suffer and feel pain like all other animals. They, too, deserve to be protected from harm and cruelty."

Noah Wyle

"Our family holidays always include our animals. On Thanksgiving, we love to walk around our farm and visit with our rescued pigs, goats, horses, emus and many other rescued animals. We give them all special vegetables that day and the whole family enjoys a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. We know that the animals are giving thanks that day and we are also giving thanks for the joy they bring to our lives."

Weeds star Kevin Nealon

"I like to stuff myself at Thanksgiving, not turkeys. Save a life this holiday season… adopt a turkey instead of eating one."

John Salley, 4-time NBA Champion and wellness guru

"Turkeys are among the most abused animals on earth. The horrors these smart, sensitive birds routinely endure behind closed doors on our nation's factory farms, all so that their tortured bodies can be the centerpiece of a holiday celebration about gratitude, are appalling and incongruent with most Americans' values of compassion."

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"I became a vegetarian because when I ate that way I felt better physically and I couldn't stand the idea that I was, in some small way, supporting the extreme cruelty of factory farming."

Corey Feldman

"There are many ways of giving thanks. Eating turkeys doesn't have to be one of them. Healthy and delicious vegetarian options now make compassionate holidays easier than ever. This Thanksgiving, join with my family in starting a new tradition that celebrates life and promotes peace for all beings."

Daniela Sea, The L Word

"If people knew how personable and fun to hang out with turkeys are and if they knew the horrors that turkeys on factory farms go through for their entire lives, I think fewer people would want to take part in supporting factory farming. Honoring turkeys who have been abused by the system, as they embark on their new life on the sanctuary, is a great thing to do."

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