I can honestly say this statement makes me very happy:
More than 45 million turkeys are killed every year for Thanksgiving alone, and more than 300 million are killed for food throughout the year in the
Seriously...I refuse to eat any other meat. I campaign for laws to improve the lives of many animals but my one and only real hypocrisy in life is my
hatred of turkeys.
They are not intelligent - look it up or better yet go hang out at a turkey farm and see for yourself.
They are not affectionate - look that up too.
They are aggressive.
They are smelly, lice ridden and truly nasty birds. Worthy of cooking only.
Wild turkeys are another issue...farm bred and raised turkeys are so different from their wild kin...that's a fact too.
And as a side note...I refuse to work with PETA. Scare tactics and outright lies is their game.
Turkeys are a commodity and the truth is that they adapted SO well to captivity and the tight living conditions - this is a FACT.
Yes they are fed antibiotics, but it's not because of their living conditions, it's because they are stupid and will eat anything and are known
How is that any different than a genetically modified or enhanced plant that has been treated with a dozen types of fertilizer, steroids and often
Yes steroids in your favorite veggies...look up brassinosteroids. They regulate the genes of the plant and increase yield and growth.
Oh and don't forget those antibiotics in plants too...used widely since the 50's..
Antibiotics in plant/crop protection and antibiotic resistant marker genes in genetically modified crops...
Regurgitating info from PETA sadly is a common tactic in animal activism...too bad too, a more balanced and informed approach would likely add more
sway power to the argument.
Just playing devil's advocate I guess. I really do hate turkeys though.
Edited to add this for the tofu lovers (myself included!!)
Source - FDA Updates
Mid-Life Tofu Consumption Associated With Mental Decline
Eating large amounts of tofu in midlife may be associated with mental deterioration in old age, according to the Hawaii Center for Health Research. An
analysis of data from the Honolulu Heart Program found that men who ate the most tofu during their mid-40s to mid-60s showed the most signs of mental
deterioration in their mid-70s to early 90s. The program began tracing the health of 8,000 Japanese-American men in 1965. Researchers said that both
men and women eating tofu two or more times a week were up to twice as likely to show some signs of impaired mental function later in life than those
who rarely ate tofu. The proposed link between eating tofu and decline in brain function is the isoflavones, chemicals in soy that affect an enzyme in
the body that may block changes in the brain related to learning. (Journal of the American College of Nutrition, April 2000)
[edit on 11/9/2006 by justgeneric]