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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.


Fall 2001 Issue

(part of a poem by Dennis Wayne Bressack Woodstock, New York)

Reborn in this four-foot square cage,
fattened with antibiotics and hormones,
we holiday turkeys are a specialty breed,
bred for the seasonal slaughter,
a designated life expectancy
of chilling predictability,
decapitated unceremoniously,
severed below comb sacrificially,
defeathered, hung headless upside down.
blood drained into the vat below.

I live this pre-ordained existence,
reflecting on my plight
in sunless cramped quarters,
devoid of sanitation or sanity,
dreaming of wild turkeys
eluding weekend warriors
carrying guns or bows,
crackpot crackerjacks
practicing for deer hunting season.

We turkeys are burdened with the distinction,
near designation as the national bird.
If Ben Franklin had had his way,
humans might be roasting eagles and
I might live to see another day.

"Please pass the cranberries and stuffing."

Return to Fall 2001 Newsletter

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