Meet my new edition, Rhonda. She was rescued by Farm Sanctuary and lives in upstate New York. I think she has my eyes. You, too, can sponsor a turkey just in time for the holidays.
I admit it is a bit cliché to talk about turkey cruelty on Thanksgiving. But it is also quite an exercise in gratitude to reflect on the life and death of a Thanksgiving turkey. I am thankful for not having my toes chopped off. I am thankful no one will trim off a piece of my face or neck (unless I elect to have such work done and I don’t mind paying the taxes). I am grateful that my eyes and lungs do not burn in agony as I live out the rest of my days breathing in ammonia and standing in my own waste (and the waste of everyone around me). I am not so overdosed with antibiotics and hormones that my little legs break underneath the immense weight of my unnaturally oversized body.
Yes, our Thanksgiving turkeys are mutilated at birth and tortured to death. Their lives are replete with pain, misery and even sexual abuse. I have a lot to be thankful for when I compare my life to that of the turkey. And don’t be deceived; the life of a natural/organic turkey is no better. You can check out some “free range” turkey farm pictures here.
Maybe we don’t need to kill turkeys in order to get the most out of Thanksgiving this year. Maybe we can capture the spirit of Thanksgiving by having compassion for one another and by treating everyone with a little kindness.
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