Every year millions of innocent turkeys get killed by unthinking Americans for Thanksgiving. Not a thought is given to the fact that these birds have every right to be on this earth as humans do. Factory farm owners salivate at the amount of money they will rake in from this heartless mass murder. They gleefully prepare for this day by stuffing the turkeys into windowless sheds where they cannot move an inch, feeding them hormones and antibiotics to fatten them up as quickly as possible. They grow so big, in fact, that if they had room to move, they would not be able to stand without constant pain. If they could take a few steps and should happen to trip over a stone, as some rescued turkeys have experienced, they would not be able to get back up. They would suffocate under their own weight. All of this for a momentary taste sensation.
This guy comes across my lawn regularly and shows me his feathers as I watch in wonder. They are peaceful birds with keen intuition. They have been shown to quiet down during solemn moments with humans, who may, for example, feel sadness. They perk up and chat when humans are happy. They are also vegetarian and non-violent. I wish I could say the same about us.
This is a travesty. If the members of every religion who purport to love all living creatures actually did, this would not have to happen. Such hypocrisy. And a very sad day.