Written by PETA
years ago, when I interned at a sanctuary for farmed animals, I'd sit in the barn, and a turkey named Fern
would back up into my lap and demand to be petted. When I'd stop, she'd look
over her shoulder imploringly as if to say, "More, please." I always
think of Fern at this time of year, when supermarket bins are filled with the frozen bodies of her relatives. If people got a chance to know these interesting and personable
birds, I believe they'd balk at baking and eating their wings, legs, and
Turkeys on farmed-animal
sanctuaries quickly prove themselves to be intelligent and industrious as well
as outgoing at times and shy at other times, much like human children. Sitting
in the barn, the birds' distinct
personalities were immediately clear. Some,
bold and hilarious, would walk right up and look me square in the eye as if to
challenge my right to invade their space. Others, like a coy debutante, would
peer over their shoulders, aloof but not wanting to miss anything exciting.
Many, like Fern, would purr when petted.
This Thanksgiving, please take a moment to reflect: Can the
fleeting pleasure of a meal justify the immeasurable pain and suffering of a
bird who didn't want to die? Give turkeys like Fern a reason to purr. Stuff
yourself with mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and other vegan goodies
and leave the birds alone.
by Jennifer O'Connor
Honestly speaking, I am afraid of these birds because of their long neck, but all besides that your idea which you want to convey from your blog is awesome.
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