The page one headline on Wednesday November 16 called out "It doesn't Cost
Too Much to Enjoy Thanksgiving". But it does. It costs the lives of 45 million
Turkeys raised specifically to be slaughtered for "Turkey Day" as it has come to
be called. It costs in the lack of humanity in calling a holiday after the
animal which is eaten. It costs in the many representations of the the turkey on
advertisements, cards, napkins, decoration and articles. It costs in the cruel
confinement in which these birds are raised, given less than three feet of space
in a dirty place where disease and suffering are rampant. It costs in the pain
and stress of cutting off their beaks and toe tips without anesthesia. It costs
in the discomfort caused by the forced growth so there is much more muscle
tissue (meat) than a wild turkey has (so humans can consume more breast and
thigh). They are so unwieldy that their legs can hardly support the added weight
and they can not reproduce normally. Their social and affectionate nature is
Next Thursday, million will give thanks as they carve up this dead bird that
never really lived. Few will consider the suffering to which they contribute.
Recently I visited Wilderstein near Rhinebeck. Several wild turkeys sat on
the gate. One could tell that they were enjoying their lives and their corner of
the world, unlike their factory farmed counterparts.
On Thanksgiving Day the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society will gather together
100 people for a delicious turkey-free meal with an abundance of vegan dishes.
Check out the websites of Farm Sanctuary, United Poultry Concerns or All-Creatures.org
and learn more. Maybe next year you will want to join with us.
Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society