It’s that time of year again. The snow is beginning to fall, I hear Christmas carols in the stores and that wonderful day of thanks is swiftly arriving. This week, as a matter of fact, families will gather, food will be prepared and we’ll all sit down to laugh, eat and be joyous… maybe without Turkey!
Yup I said it. Without turkey. I mean do you really want to eat, as Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin say in their book Skinny Bitch, "a dead, rotting, decomposing flesh diet?” Do you even know what they do to most of those poor little turkeys? Matt Rice, the director of investigations for Mercy For Animals, does. Listen here.
According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, this year about 51,000,000 turkeys will be consumed on Thanksgiving Day. 51,000,000 turkeys!!! The raising and processing of such mass quantities of meat is not in any way a healthy or sustainable practice.
PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) has posted a wonderful artical about the top 10 reasons not to eat a turkey. Go PETA! http://www.peta.org/living/food/top-10-reasons-eat-turkeys/?utm_source=PETA+Facebook&utm_medium=Promo&utm_campaign=1114+Top+10+Reasons+Not+to+Eat+Turkeys+Post
Maybe instead of EATING turkey this year for Thanksgiving you could adopt one at Sasha Farm. It is a wonderful animal sanctuary right here in Michigan and your donations not only help to feed and care for the turkeys already living there, but also help to rescue other turkeys in need.
Another great idea is to get out in nature and see if you can spot a wild turkey yourself. On Thanksgiving Day all 13 metroparks will be waiving vehicle entry fees. Yippee! And on Nov. 29th at 1p.m. Indian Springs Metropark will be hosting a program at their Environmental Discovery Center: Tracking the Wild Turkey. Preregistration is required so call 248-625-7280 to get signed up.
Come on guys. Let's make love not war.