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Turkeys – 22 November 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Yet even this day of giving thanks to the Creator has been besmirched into a day of travesty – “turkey day” indeed!

God’s creatures – the turkeys – have become one of the most maligned of other animals. It seems to be a rule of human nature: As the exploitation and ill-treatment of others increases, the contempt for them likewise increases. And turkeys are high on the list of those viciously abused.

We quit eating turkeys many years ago, before becoming aware of the unspeakable abuse heaped on these beautiful birds. Much later we found out about the way they are raised commercially. For positive change to take place, the “unspeakable” must be spoken.

How many people know – or if they know, how many care – that the turkey on their Thanksgiving table very likely has been subjected to sexual perversion at the hands of humans? Factory workers masturbate a male turkey for semen to be used to artificially inseminate several female turkeys. If this were done to humans, there would be outrage and the perpetrators would be locked up as sex offenders and perverts – and rightly so.

Yet “Christians” will offer thanks to God for the sexually abused and viciously maligned, cooked cadaver of one of His creations! What is wrong with humans?! Maybe the reason they avoid the truth is because they know that knowledge of the truth makes them complicit in such evil behavior that ought to be criminalized.

James 4:17 of the Bible says:

17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
~ King James Version

17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.
~ New American Standard Bible

The right thing to do is to stop eating God’s creatures. To continue to do so is a sin and a mockery, because people are aware of their complicity in the torture and abuse of these and other exploited animals.

Galatians 6:7 –

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
~ King James Version

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
~ New American Standard Bible

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