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Check out this article by Avery Yale Kamila in the November 12, 2022 Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. (click on link below for full article)

Turkey portraits and plant-based feasts help make for a gentler Thanksgiving



In the SMCC Beacon

46 Million Turkeys – A Thanksgiving Tradition for Almost a Decade

46 million turkeys. That’s how many turkeys ( expects Americans to eat this year, and this amount has stayed fairly consistent for almost a decade. In 2013, it was the same amount, which inspired the 46 Million Turkeys ( project. 46MT is an art collaboration started by Maine vegan artist Cheryl Miller to create a portrait for every single turkey that was raised and slaughtered for Thanksgiving.

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For Immediate Release
November 2022
Contact: Cheryl Miller

46 Million Portraits Showcase Turkeys as Individuals!

MAINE – 46 Million Turkeys is an ongoing community participatory art project. The project’s aim—with help from the community—is to create a collection of portraits honoring each one of the estimated 46 million turkeys who will be raise, killed and consumed on a single Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Most people’s experience with a turkey is a headless carcass on a plate. The 46 Million Turkeys Project is putting a face on these individual birds through portraiture.

Everyone is welcome to submit portraits—you do not have to be an “artist” to participate. Participants are encouraged to use recycled materials (but no animal products, e.g. feathers, sea shells, or leather please) and create portraits measuring 2” x 2” in any medium.

For guidelines, ideas, and a submission form:


Images can be found on the project website: and


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The 46 Million Turkeys Project was feature in the 2013 Fall/Winter edition of United Poultry Concerns newsletter Poultry Press (

The Huffington Post:

Kulturen (German online magazine):

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United Poultry Concerns:

The Maine Edge:

Boothbay Register:

The Cryer:

Spirit of Change Magazine:

Our Hen House:

Main Street Vegan:

Static Void Games:


Maine Public Broadcasting Network:

Animal Voices (radio) “Tribute to Turkeys”:

All Things Vegan Radio:

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