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Urge NPR and Its Member Stations to Promote a Compassionate Holiday Season

November 10, 2012

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National Public Radio is excellently positioned to encourage compassionate holiday dining and respectful attitudes toward turkeys if its corporate staff hears from listeners. In addition to contacting NPR’s President & CEO Gary E. Knell, please send an email to your local NPR station with your request for compassionate holiday programming. Click on the below link to send your message, and if you need to find the call letters for your local NPR station, click where it says “Find a Station” for the information you need. You can likely send an email directly to Info@[call letters].org. Below is a sample letter. Most important is for NPR’s corporate staff and member stations to hear from us.


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Dear NPR,

As a dedicated listener to your engaging and informative programs, I am writing respectfully to ask you please to focus your holiday message this year on compassionate turkey-free holiday dining and recipes. I am also asking NPR to refrain from stereotypical turkey jokes at the expense of these amazingly intelligent and sadly maligned and mistreated birds.

I ask you please to use your immense public influence to promote informed perceptions of turkeys, educating listeners to respect and appreciate turkeys and all birds who share the world with us.

As the media leader in providing first-rate radio programs that appeal to people who thrive on NPR’s informative coverage and creative ideas, I implore you and your staff to help make this year the most compassionate holiday season ever.

Thank you for your kind attention to my request. I look forward to hearing from you.



NPR you are the voice of sanity,
now please add words of compassion.
help us make thanksgiving without turkey
the latest and greatest fashion,
please put in more than a few kind words
for this much maligned, but very cool bird!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2012 3:42 am

    NPR you are the voice of sanity,
    now please add words of compassion.
    help us make thanksgiving without turkey
    the latest and greatest fashion,
    please put in more than a few kind words
    for this much maligned, but very cool bird!!!


  2. LoVegan permalink
    November 11, 2012 2:49 pm

    Sent and shared, thank you very much xox


  3. November 12, 2012 3:34 pm

    nks Stacey great idea you NEVER hear about anythhing at thanksgiving other than eating turkey shared in several places and Karen another great poem


    • November 12, 2012 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much, hon, and I really cannot take any credit, this was from UPC.


      • November 14, 2012 2:05 pm

        It may have been from UPC but its you who found it and brought it to our attention and for that i thank you a million times over you make such a difference for animals Stacey, you get the info out there and rally us troops and together we all make a difference! So dont be so modest Stacey youre the best


      • November 14, 2012 6:47 pm

        That means so much to me, thank YOU for your kind words and for all YOU do. You really are amazing and I so much appreciate all you do. YOU rock and are a true animal warrior. Thanks so much, hon.


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