AR-News: (US) Let's drop the gobbledygook that turkeys are
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Thu Nov 27 09:36:01 EST 2003
[opinion from Fairfield Daily Republic]
"What is so controversial about eating turkey?" you may ask. "Haven't
Americans been celebrating Thanksgiving that way for three centuries?
Haven't indigenous peoples been enjoying the delicacy for 10,000 years?"
Yes, but that was before dietary Nazis led by the People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) decided that eating any kind of meat was not
only unhealthy but immoral. Their push this year is for soy-based Tofurky,
including stuffing, gravy and "dark-meat drumettes." Why bother with the
charade? I'll take a double serving of mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Just last week the Daily Republic featured a letter from Kim Sturla,
director of Vacaville's Animal Place. She reminds us during this season of
thanks to be mindful of "what and who we eat," with the obvious
implication that Tom not be on the menu.
If you need to know the details of how factory farms raise, slaughter and
process turkeys, I could tell you, but it might ruin your dinner.
Let's forget this "sentient being" nonsense. Let's treat turkeys better
because it makes them taste better. There is no need to shoot them up with
antibiotics or growth hormone. Who needs large breasts anyway?
Remember, turkeys are not native birds. They are immigrants. Their
exploding population, coupled with anti-turkey sentiment, could be turned
to America's advantage. Imagine the impact of the following decree in
Baghdad: "Turn over Saddam or we release a million wild Turks."
Randy Carlson is a longtime Solano County resident and a teacher at Armijo
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