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Oscar-nominated vegan actor James Cromwell will be part of a major Thanksgiving animal rescue later this month, saving 100 turkeys from a slaughterhouse near Salt Lake City, Plant Based News can reveal.

Cromwell will join forces with animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), a Buddhist vegan who has been labeled an animal rights ‘terrorist’ by the FBI, and a Mormon turkey farmer to rescue the birds.

The plans have grown out of the unlikely friendship between Wayne Hsiung, Founder of DxE, and Rick Pitman, owner of Pitman Family Farms.

Thanksgiving mercy

The friendship started after Hsiung was charged with multiple felonies, and left facing decades in prison for removing a sick bird from Norbest LLC, a Pitman subsidiary in Utah.

“But rather than continuing their fight in court, the two sides decided on a dramatically different path this Thanksgiving: generosity,” DxE told Plant Based News. “Hsiung, Cromwell, and hundreds of animal rights supporters plan to travel to Norbest to provide food and holiday gifts for the employees of the plant and other locals.

“Pitman, in turn, plans to release 100 turkeys to the activists in an act of Thanksgiving mercy. The birds will be immediately taken to local sanctuaries, where they will live out their lives as pets in happy families. Hsiung and Pitman hope to show that even adversaries can show compassion this holiday season.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.