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Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Turkeys

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Pardon me, pilgrim! This Thanksgiving, how about ditching the dead bird? In today’s farming system, beautiful, inquisitive, intelligent turkeys endure lives of suffering and painful deaths. Here are 10 good reasons to carve out a new tradition by flocking to vegan entrées, along with some scrumptious holiday cooking tips and recipes—and thankfully, none of them require stuffing anyone:

1. Personality Plus
Turkeys are “smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings,” says Oregon State University poultry scientist Tom Savage. The Atlantic article “Consider the Turkey” reports that researchers “have found that when an individual turkey is removed from his flock, even in domesticity, he’ll squawk in obvious protest until reunited with his posse.” They relish having their feathers stroked. They dance when reunited with a person they recognize. Anyone who spends time with them at farm sanctuaries quickly learns that turkeys are as varied in personality as dogs and cats.

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2. Let Them Give Thanks, Too
The natural life expectancy of turkeys is up to 10 years, but on factory farms, they are slaughtered when they’re just 5 months old. In nature, young turkeys stay with their mothers for the first few months of their lives. Since Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of our lives and give thanks for all that we have, let turkeys give thanks, too, by keeping them off your plate.

3. Can You Spell ‘Pandemic’?
The first human death from bird flu in North America was recently reported, and that’s not a surprise, given that people are traveling more frequently worldwide. Also recently, The New York Times reported that “[c]ases of the new H7N9 avian influenza in China are surging alarmingly …. There are now about 300 confirmed cases, with more appearing every day. Roughly a quarter of the victims have died.” When comparing this strain to the H5N1 strain that emerged in 2003 and also spread from birds to people, experts report that the new strain is spreading faster. “H7N9 is blowing right by H5N1,” Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told The New York Times.

4. The Meat Recall Loophole
The U.S. government is the only government in the Western world that does not have the power to force a recall of contaminated animal products. Instead, American meat companies are allowed to decide whether or not to comply when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Food and Drug Administration requests a recall. The PBS show Frontline reported that “[o]ften, even if the USDA does issue a recall, the contaminated meat and poultry is never recovered, which means that consumers are probably buying it and consuming it.” Learn more about meat contamination.

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5. Get Rid of Your ‘Extra Baggage’
A study in the Nutrition Reviews journal reports that “a low-fat vegan diet leads to weight loss of about 1 pound per week, even without additional exercise or limits on portion sizes, calories, or carbohydrates.” “There is evidence that a vegan diet causes an increased calorie burn after meals, meaning plant-based foods are being used more efficiently as fuel for the body, as opposed to being stored as fat,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, one of the study’s authors. Take the cruelty off your plate and look great? Sounds like a win-win situation.

6. Want Stuffing With Your Supergerms?
Dosing turkeys with antibiotics to stimulate their growth—and to keep them alive in filthy, disease-ridden conditions that would otherwise kill them—poses risks to people who eat them. The USDA confirmed that 80 percent of all antibacterial drugs used in the U.S. are given to animals, and often the animals aren’t even sick. Ralph Loglisci, project director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, explains that “all low-dose usage of antibiotics can lead to a significant increase in antibiotic resistance.”

An article published by the Natural Resources Defense Council further details the dangers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, explaining, “Drug-resistant bacteria can and do travel on meat but that’s just one of many routes off the farm. These dangerous bacteria can hitch a ride out of animal feedlots on workers who handle contaminated animals or meat. They can travel through water, soil, and air that come into contact with contaminated animal waste.” Furthermore, they can “teach” other bacteria to be resistant. Still hungry? Neither are we.

Morrissey and Cloe the Turkey© Chris Polk/Filmmagic.com
 

7. No Life for a Living Animal
On factory farms, turkeys are kept for months in sheds where they’re packed so tightly that flapping a wing or stretching a leg is nearly impossible. They stand in waste, and urine and ammonia fumes burn their eyes and lungs. At the slaughterhouse, turkeys often have their throats slit while hanging upside down and still conscious. Those who miss the automated knife are scalded to death in the defeathering tank. Watch this horrifying cartoon that depicts a turkey’s last moments in the slaughterhouse:

8. Foul Farming
Anyone who has driven by a farm has probably smelled it first from a mile away. Turkeys and other animals raised for food in the U.S. produce far more excrement than the entire U.S. human population, roughly 89,000 pounds per second, all without the benefit of waste-treatment systems. There are no meaningful federal guidelines to regulate how farms treat, store, and dispose of the trillions of pounds of concentrated animal excrement they produce each year. Learn more about how factory farming damages the environment.

9. Dismal Working Conditions
Killing animals is inherently dangerous work, and the fast line speeds, the dirty and slippery killing floors, and the lack of employee training make animal-processing plants some of the most dangerous places to work in America today. The industry has refused to slow down the lines or buy appropriate safety gear because these changes could cut into companies’ bottom lines. In its 185-page exposé on worker exploitation by the farmed-animal industry, “Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers’ Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants,” Human Rights Watch explains: “These are not occasional lapses by employers paying insufficient attention to modern human resources management policies. These are systematic human rights violations embedded in meat and poultry industry employment.

10. A Cornucopia of Turkey Alternatives
Give up the giblets and carve out a new tradition this Thanksgiving. We suggest cooking a Tofurky Roast, a savory soy- and wheat-based roast with stuffing and gravy, or one of the plethora of roasts and “meat” loaves that Field Roast has to offer. Give animals and yourself something to be really thankful for this year, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • sarah priest says:

    The good people that create Tofurky products have all of our best interests at heart. Unfortunately the taste/texture of their products are not winning hearts and minds of non-veggies. We need to present more alternatives to turkey!

  • Melissa says:

    baconeatingjew: you have no idea about animals so a loser like you should keep your comments to yourself . Keep eating animal flesh and watch how quickly you develop some disease or cancer. Pig . Animals have feelings and I think it’s disgusting how animals are treated and killed all to make humans more fat and obese then they already are. I wish everyone would stop eating meat altogether . I love animals

  • Nicholas Gysi says:

    This is why I don’t like to eat meat. In case these sorts of things are happening on the farm.

  • rira says:

    So, baconeatingjew, are you the 6th most stupid animal in the whole world? If so, can we eat you for dinner?

  • ilmi says:

    I beleive in Karma and in healthy/cruelty free food thanks to my father.I’m in my 50’s and love it.Wish everyone can educate themselves and change.Of course I’m 100% vegan.Happy Day !

  • Kat says:

    what is important to me a 99.9% organic vegetarian is….animals have no say ….no voice….who or what gave us the right to destroy animal’s habitats…torture animals…..thru violent acts and or genetic manipulation…..animals are not human and can not be compared to humans….and that is a good think because animals DO NOT cheat, kill for fun or profit, torture other creatures, lie, create toxic air, food and water…they just try and co-exist against all odds……so who really are the ones with the brains????

  • Ann says:

    baconeatingjew, First off, what are you doing on this website if you are a meateater. 2nd, I guess if we go by your rule and the turkeys are not smart at all, and humans were chosen to be slaughtered, you will be the first one to go….genius.

  • Techmonster says:

    baconeatingjew – Annnnnnnd the award for the most completely ignorant imbecile goes to…. you guessed it… “baconeatingjew”.

    Try a few facts on for size you nitwit…

    Such as:

    How dumb are turkeys? Do they really hold their mouths open in the rain and actually drown? Are they really that stupid, or are they some secretly super intelligent creature that knows what’s about to happen to them when we slaughter them for our Thanksgiving dinner? I was curious, how dumb are turkeys, really?

    Tom Savage, a nationally renowned bird geneticist, would like to prove us all wrong on our theories that turkeys are stupid. A Poultry geneticist of 30 years, he works with the Oregon State University Animal Sciences Department, and has done numerous studies on turkeys, mainly on how to improve their meat quality and overall production.

    However, in his lengthy work with turkeys, he feels that many common misconceptions about a turkey’s intelligence should be debunked. “I’ve always viewed turkeys as smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings,” claims Savage. “The dumb tag simply doesn’t fit.”

    He feels the main reason people feel that turkeys are dumb is in the myth that they will look up at the sky when it’s raining, and continue staring until they drown. I mean, how dumb can a bird be? This he has never heard of actually happening. However, turkeys ARE known to cock their heads toward the sky for a minute or more at a time, but not out of pure dumbness, he claims. It’s actually due to a genetic nervous disorder in turkeys called “tetanic torticollar spasms” instead. “It’s an example of how a misunderstood animal behavior becomes identified as proof that the animal is extremely lacking in intelligence,” claims Savage.

    He does admit that turkeys exhibit other “stupid” behaviors that make them appear dumb, but that is easily explained as well. Another reason people think turkeys are dumb is because they run crazily, flap their wings, then attempt to fly, only to crash to the ground. Are turkeys too dumb to realize they can’t fly? Actually, there’s a reason for why turkeys do this, Savage claims. Wild turkeys actually CAN fly, and instinctively a domestic turkey will attempt to fly as well, only their hefty bodies are too large to carry them into flight, unlike their slimmer wild counterparts.

    And why do turkeys run awkwardly and uncoordinated like they’re dumb? Savage explains that this is again based upon a domestic turkey’s heft. Wild turkeys are actually great runners and fliers, and their domestic cousins would be the same if they weren’t bred so fat for our good eatin’.

  • nats15xo says:

    I agree! I don’t plan on eating Turkey this thanksgiving (or EVER!). I’m trying to go meat-free for good for the sake of innocent animals and my own health. I’m doing a paper about the dangers of antibiotics in meat and found this article really helpful. I love the first line, “Pardon me, pilgrim!”. I think the PETA should make a T-shirt with that phrase on it, very catchy! :)

  • vida fritz says:

    save animals!

  • Eleartemis says:

    To the “baconeatingjew”: I suppose you took the 1st place of the most stupid animals in the whole world.

  • baconeatingjew says:

    TURKEYS ARE NOT SMART. THEY ARE THE 5TH MOST STUPID ANIMAL IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

  • Ytnes says:

    We are the superior creatures with sophisticated gene makeup and over active intelligence that rules the planet today. What a shame ! I hope the atrocities we humans commit on animals will reverse in some way or form someday. Karma.

  • celeste says:

    Kathylapan, here are some sites you should check out:

    http://www.fatfreevegan.com/gluten-free/index.shtml
    http://glutenfreeveganfam.blogspot.com/
    http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Vegan-Delicious-Animal-Free-Recipes/dp/1600940323
    http://www.manifestvegan.com
    http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/p/vegan-veg-index.html
    http://www.vegiac.com

    Meat replacers are only one approach to veganism, they are an option, but they are not necessary for a healthy vegan diet. In a healthy vegan diet your proteins should come from such a wide variety that you should not need to rely on wheat protein soley as a source of protein, in fact as it is a processed food it should be a small part of most healthy vegan diets. I have several friends that are vegan and celiac so I know it’s possible, don’t get discouraged. Also check out http://pcrm.org/.

  • False Positive says:

    Some of these ideas are blown so out of proportion. I don’t agree with some of the things these “farms” do, but that’s why there are alternatives and people marketing items appealing to those who are humanely sound. Peta makes it seem as though this is happening everywhere and on every farm. That’s not the case.

    Furthermore, The slitting of the throat is a common thing to do and dates far back into our history… If you were running any kind of business you would wish to do something in the quickest most efficient way possible, correct… That is why you have tons of “volunteer” running around at warp tour in 100 degree weather, stuffing them on buses and gallivanting around the country on your anti-eco vehicles…

  • aerialrose says:

    Dear Kathylapan,

    If you’d like to get over your celiac disease, fast for ~1 day and then do a cleansing enema to clear the glue-like gluten out of your intestines: it is preventing you from absorbing nutrients, but not all wheat does this. Wheat gluten has never been a problem until recent years: and that’s because the wheat doesn’t sprout in the fields anymore like it used to due to mechanical harvesting. You can do an enema until the water runs clear, then use chopped garlic in the water to loosen any parasites, then with aloe vera juice for ease in digestion, and probiotics to replenish the good bacteria that was flushed out.

    If you want to be rid of celiac disease for good, and eat the very good wheat that heals our DNA when we sleep every night, then eat sprouted wheat or sprout your own wheat and make Essene bread. Most people with a cleansed system who eat sprouted wheat no longer have so-called symptoms of “celiac” disease. It’s all about eating raw, living vegetarian/vegan foods in sunlight (see Dr. Budwig’s research), if you want your body to be living and not invite death into it by putting dead things in your body. And for the record: I don’t recommend processed, cooked foods like tofurkey as it is–you don’t have to have tofurkey to have all the wonderful nutrients for Thanksgiving.

  • Indu Muniram says:

    Well, I have heard about this that the abuse of turkeys in intensive systems has been recorded by several animal welfare groups. In 2006, filming by the Hillside Animal Sanctuary revealed catchers in a Bernard Matthews Farm playing baseball with live turkeys. These men were prosecuted, but such activity goes on behind closed doors. In 2007, the sanctuary again obtained footage of Bernard Matthews employees kicking turkeys as they were being rounded up for slaughter!

    The most effective step that we can take is to stop eating turkey and to ask your family to have a meat-free Christmas & Thanksgiving!

  • Ashley-P says:

    KathyLapan: We don’t have resources to offer dietary advice to people with food allergies on a case-by-case basis. I would suggest that you speak with your doctor or a dietitian to create a meal plan that is healthful, nutritious, and cruelty-free. Good luck!

  • Jackie says:

    Travis are you stupid? Just because animals eat each other doesn’t make it right, like how we think cannibalism is wrong. Monkeys and several other animals do it, does it make it right? No it doesn’t. Just because animals do it doesn’t make it right. Some monkeys even kill their own babies, some penguins steal other penguins babies. They don’t know any better, but WE as humans DO. People steal and kidnap all the time, it’s the same thing and it’s WRONG. This doesn’t mean we stop them though. And only SOME animals do it, like how SOME people do it. It doesn’t make humans bad and doesn’t make animals bad. And you don’t see “lions or snakes saying it”, that’s the stupidest most ignorant thing to say. And they are talking about factory farms, not in the wild.

  • kathylapan says:

    One thing I haven’t seen addressed in anything by PETA is the challenge of eating vegan or vegetarian when you have a food intolerance. I have celiac disease, and it is almost impossible to live vegan AND gluten free. Even in this article you point out that Tofurkey is made of soy and WHEAT. With more and more people learning they have a gluten and/or wheat intolerance, cruelty free food producers need to find something other than wheat to bind their food or they will continue to exclude a large market niche that WANTS to live cruelty free, but can’t for health reasons.

  • N says:

    TRAVIS: We should constantly progress and try to change “the way the world works” for the better. Like you said, there is no way to make killing and eating another animal sound good. If we do not need meat to survive, then we selfishly kill another just because we like the taste, which is determined by seasoning and the preparation of the meat, not the meat itself. No one would eat meat if it wasnt cooked in something else. As humans, we possess this need to find some sort of higher morality, one that surpasses that of the past. Eating meat may be “natural” for some animals, but that’s not really an excuse for us to eat meat. People can say veganism is unnatural, and its true. But everything we do is unnatural. Are we not skyscraper building, plane flying, cancer fighting humans? All of these things are not naturally occurring by the work of mother nature. We create it. Thats what we do. We create human rights for all, where as neanderthals most likely killed each other over sources of food. They thought that was completely natural. Now we know its not the only way to live.

    Progress. That’s the point.

  • Cindy says:

    I find it hard to sleep at night with all this knowledge of animal cruelty going on day after day.

  • Maggy says:

    This year, don’t be a Turkey! give that traditional dinner the bird,eat vegetables

  • Mike Nobel says:

    Family sing-a-long video, featuring a cast of Wild Turkeys determined to live beyond Thanksgiving! From Maine songwriter Mike Nobel:
    “Turkeys Runnin’ in a Circle”

  • Ken says:

    The history of animals and the rabbit who did not eat meat. Some length and great story as listed by Google Books.

  • Matthew Waterman says:

    Also, Travis: there is nothing natural about the way animals are industrially processed into meat. There is a big difference between animals be raised and killed at a young age in factory farming situations and how animals prey on other animals in natural situations- at least in nature, the prey gets to live a happy life for as long as nature intended.

  • Beverly says:

    Thank you, PETA for reminding me that Thanksgiving is about being THANKFUL. Thankful for the blessings I enjoy daily (good health, a nice place to live, loving friends & family, a steady job, clothes to wear, a car, and food to eat). I wanted to tell you that I have made the decision to become a Vegan (up to now, I have been a Vegetarian). I realized that I could no longer enjoy any more animal by-products (whether they were food, clothing, furniture, etc.), and not feel bad about the suffering I was supporting. Thank you for enlightening me, and helping me to BE more compassionate. This year, going Vegan is what I am MOST thankful for — that, and the fact that there will NOT be some poor unfortunate turkey on my table of thanks :)

    Sincerely – Beverly Frank (Savannah, GA)

  • Ashley-P says:

    Travis: An animal’s inability to understand and adhere to our rules is as irrelevant as a child’s or a person with a developmental disability’s inability to do so. Like small children, most animals are not capable of choosing to change their behavior, but adult human beings have the intelligence to choose between behavior that hurts others and behavior that doesn’t.

  • travis says:

    those points do sound pretty convincing, but its not like humans are the only ones out there eating meat. i dont see the lions and snakes saying things like this. and thats how this planet has worked for a very very long time. look, there is no way to make killing somthing and then eating it sound very pleasent. but thats just how the world works. why try to prove points and argue with it?

  • OLGA DEULOFEU says:

    IF YOU DO NOT EAT YOUR CAT, YOUR DOG OR YOUR HORSE WHY ARE YOU EATING THIS WONDERFUL ANIMALS? THEY ARE NOT DUMB, MAYBE SOME ARE, LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON EARTH. DUMB PEOPLE LOVE WAR, DISCRIMINATION, ABUSE, HATE. DUMB PEOPLE ARE RUINING THE PLANET WITH ALL KIND OF POLLUTION, LIKE BP (THE OIL COMPANY, FOR EXAMPLE) DO NOT FORGET THE TRAGEDY IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, DO NOT FORGET THAT IN SOME COUNTRIES WOMEN ARE KILL WITH STONES, AND HOW SOME PEOPLE WERE USING THE ATOMIC BOMB AGAINST OTHER PEOPLE, AND VIET-NAM AND ALL TRAGEDIES AND ALL INJUSTICE. IS THIS A REASON TO EAT HUMANE BEING? NO. BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IGNORANCE IS THE ROOT OF ALL PROBLEMS AND WE CANNOT KILL BECAUSE OTHER DO IT. ALL OF US ARE IGNORANT IN DIFERENT LEVELS BUT WE HAVE FREE WHEEL AND WE CAN SAY YES OR NO, BUT ANIMALS CANNOT TALK, THEY CANNOT BE IN A STRIKE CLAIMING FOR RIGHTS.
    TURKEYSS IN THAKSGIVING CANNOT GO ALL AROUND USA WITH SIGNS, SO WE NEED TO TALK FOR ANIMALS WHO CANNOT. A BULL IS FORCED TO FIGHT LIKE A DOG OR A ROOSTER. NO RIGHTS, NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE.
    TURKEYS HAVE BLOOD, PEOPLE HAVE BLOOD. ANIMALS FEEL PAIN AND PEOPLE ALSO. DO YOU THINK IT IS A PARTY FOR MILLIONS OF HUMAN BEINGS TO BE DECAPITED AND TO SERVE HIS DEAD BODIES ON THE TABLE? IT IS A PARTY FOR THE TURKEYS AND FOR OTHER ANIMALS TO BE SACRIFICE FOR OUR INGRAINET HABIT TO EAT MEAT? FOR EXAMPLE WHEN YOU BOIL A LOBSTER THINK FOR A MINUTE IF YOU BURN YOURSELF SOMETIMES WHEN ARE YOU COOKING? VERY PAINFUL, YES? OR NOT? TELL ME IF SOMEBODY THROWS YOU INTO A POT OF BOILING WATER EXACTLY LIKE THE DELICIOUS LOBSTER WHO WAS KILL ALIVE AND FINISHED IN A BEAUTIFUL PLATE WITH BUTTER?
    CONCLUSION: WE HAVE FREE WHEEL BUT COMPASSION IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FEELINGS THAT PEOPLE CAN FEEL MAHATMA GANDHI WROTE:
    “THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED”.
    I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO GO TO A FARM IN THIS COUNTRY OR WATCH THE VIDEOS HOW THE VEALS, COWS, TURKEYS, CHICKEN PIGS, AND ETC., ETC., LIVE A SHORT LIFE, ABUSED AND LATER KILLED.
    SOME OF MY FRIEND SAID TO ME: WELL I DID NOT KILL THEM AND I CANNOT SEE HOW THEY ARE KILLED, BUT LATER IN A BEAUTIFUL PLATE VERY PRESENTABLE IS THE PIECE OF THE CORPSE WHO WAS PART OF AN ANIMAL “WHO ARE CONSCIOUS AND SENSITIVE BEINGS AND NOT AS MERE LIVING THINGS”.

  • ROCKERO says:

    THOSE ARE THE MOST DISGUSTING COMMENTS ABOUT TURKEY EVER!
    Im the only person in my family thats not going to be eating a turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mouse says:

    Eating flesh is for zombies. Let the turkeys live.

  • Fuzz says:

    So basically the only reasons against it are that it’s an animal, and has a possibility of having viruses if not cooked properly. Oh, and the cholesterol. K.

  • Annette says:

    I was just wondering how supermarket turkeys get bruises. A farm website mentions they can get bruised during shipping. Also pretty clever how they package turkeys in bags you cannot see through to hide the condition of the birds.

  • iraiq says:

    i dont like eating turkey

    turkey is nice animal

  • Paige says:

    I agree with number 1. I’m on my bed, and beside me is my bedside table… where I have a picture of one of my neighbors kneeling down a foot away from a wild turkey… feeding it. That turkey stayed in their yard for a few months, eating the birdseed that had dropped from the birdfeeders.

  • Julian Tudor says:

    As John Lennon says ‘stop the killing now’ this includes our animal friends. All this negativity, bad karma, call it what you will.
    Being vegetarian is a great way of life on so many different levels. My prayer is that animals will be treated well and cared for throughout their brief lives.

  • ??? says:

    i’m doin a report ’bout turkeys and y not to eat it.

  • ANA P. CHELBERG says:

    I think you are right i love the animals a lot. I’m joining you to fight against those bad people without feelings,heart and love.I know it’s not good to eat meat so i’m agreed with the reasons you are giving to us for not to eat it, not only turkies also chickens, porks , and any other animal because when God created the humanity he never said eat the animals He said eat vegetables. I’m ready to help in campaigns to protect animals.

  • andrea236 says:

    what i think is that people should not eat turky!!!because theres more food like soup or other stuff theres u can make for thanksgiving!!!!!!

  • JoLinda Van Haren says:

    Great article!

  • miriam paisner says:

    they are fun to pet and hold in your arms; they are fun to feed in a farm with non-eating chickens as well.

  • Al says:

    This is really good but there’s a few arguments which have been left out which are really important too, such as the massive impact on the planet from eating meat and dairy. Increases to biodiversity loss from farming cheap poor quality animal feed on destroyed rainforest land to feed the poor birds left in factory farms. Increase in food insecurity because of the land used to farm animals and the land used to farm feed decreases the amount of land available to farm foods for human consumption and the issues of cost are all additional issues as well as the arguments that have been well put in this article regarding human workers rights, animal rights & health issues.

  • Anna says:

    I don’t like the taste of turkey all that much anyway.

  • purple turnips says:

    Please enjoy this Thanksgiving Hymn, to the tune of For the Beauty of the Earth
    For the Beauty of the Beasts
    They don’t want to be our feasts
    For the Beauty of the Fowl
    In the Woods not in our Bowel
    Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan
    Let us Fry it in our Pan
    A-Men
    Emjoy

  • ArielBTF says:

    Im the only person in my family thats not going to be eating a turkey

  • Lee Bridgers says:

    Not to mention the genetic engineering. They don’t have to live long to end up on your table. Sick birds engineered to be fat and live no longer than two months—bon appetit.

  • c32beach says:

    This really got me thinking and yeah I dont think I’m gonna eat turkey.

  • Patricia says:

    What a powerful article, “the 10 top reasons not to eat turkeys’. I would encourage everyone to send this to their non-vegetarian friends and family. Sharing truthful info is always welcomed by everyone. What a gift our internet communication tools are. I love that I can use them to help offset the false ‘advertising’ propaganda that pervades our society.

  • veggiehead says:

    All good reasons! Happy Thanksgiving~

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