**I thought about posting something new to address Thanksgiving this year, but realized I’d probably write the exact same thing I wrote last year. So, copied & pasted below are my thoughts re: America’s double standard with regards to wildlife, “farm animals”, and dietary choices. Tomorrow you will choose to eat turkey or not to eat turkey, and your choice will make you either part of the solution or part of the problem. Without further ado…:
Remember how upset we were by the images from the BP Oil Spill? Remember how we condemned humanity and our addiction to oil? Remember how while we criticized BP we also admitted our own individual contribution to the tragedy? Remember how we vowed to change?
Can anyone honestly and truly explain to me how the above images are any different than those below?
(dying Turkey lays face down in a factory farm)
(Live Turkeys in transit…some have already died due to inadequate food, warmth, or hydration)
(live Turkeys hung upside down before slaughter, to make the killing process easier for the slaughterhouse employee)
It’s 2010 (editor’s note: now it’s 2011, and we’re STILL doing this s$&#!), and there is no longer any possible defense or excuse for eating a Turkey on Thanksgiving. 45 million have already been killed this year just for this holiday alone. By abstaining from eating animals this Thanksgiving, you can send a clear message to horrific companies like Tyson and Butterball.
You will tell them you won’t accept their standards, you will not fund their cruelty, and you will find a new way.
Giving up your car to stop using oil is hard. Going vegan is easy.
(This post inspired by the brilliance of Andrew Kirschner)