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More Than a Meal
The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual and Reality
By: Karen Davis, Ph.D.
Reviewed by: Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman

Lantern Books
One Union Square West
Suite 201
New York, NY 10003
Copyright Karen Davis, Ph.D. 2001
ISBN 1-930051-88-3
$20.00 US

About the Book:

Karen Davis' More Than a Meal is an anthology of the life of the turkey - a  native American bird - and the abuses this species has suffered at the hands of human beings. 

One of the things that the author makes abundantly clear is the manner in which depraved humans seek to denigrate those whom they consider "inferior" in order to justify their sadistic abuse, torture, and killing.  The turkey is a prime example of this abusive behavior, for we not only belittle the turkey, we also humiliate our fellow human beings by referring to them as "turkeys," when in fact, we can all learn from the turkeys' care of their families.  Mother turkeys in the wild will fight fiercely to protect their young.  Human manipulation of domesticated turkeys has resulted in offspring that never experience the social order, the mothering, that is natural to the species.  For example:

"According to an article in Turkey World [a poultry industry publication], 'Poults come in one side of the service room bright eyed and bushy tailed.  They are squeezed, thrown down a slide onto a treadmill, someone picks them up and pulls the snood off their heads, clips three toes off each foot, debeaks them, puts them on another conveyer belt that delivers them to another carousel where they get a power injection, usually of an antibiotic, that whacks them in the back of their necks.  They have been traumatized.  They don't look very good' "

Davis tells how we humans have bred the domestic turkeys into such  deformed beings that they can no longer reproduce themselves on their own initiative.  Now, they are reproduced through "artificial insemination," which is another way of saying that humans masturbate the male turkeys and rape the females. 

In fact, turkeys are quite intelligent.  As Karen Davis and other quoted writers clearly point out, these birds do not deserve the "stupid" image that many humans have thrust upon them. 

The author describes the ultimate in human hypocrisy: the annual Thanksgiving presidential pardoning "ceremony."  The turkey is not guilty of anything that he or she could be pardoned for.  However, humans are another matter. 

More Than a Meal is an excellent and scholarly reference source for learning about the true nature of turkeys, and how we humans have abused and taken away their God-given lives.

We highly recommend More Than a Meal to everyone.

About the Author:

Karen Davis, Ph.D. is the President of United Poultry Concerns. She is the author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modem Poultry Industry. She lives in Machipongo,Virginia.




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