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Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, turkeys )

- 2969 days ago -
Both Alphonso and Boone look deformed, but they've just grown over the years. We don't know why and neither do the vets. Like white birds, turkeys have been bred to grow too big for their bodies. That's why we have the turkeys on a diet--if they get heavy


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Terry King (113)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 10:21 am
I'm sorry Alphonso... I continue to be the omnivore that I was destined to be and I do eat your brothers and sisters. I do, however only buy pasture raised and humane certified animal products. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive... The guilt at the top of the food chain is excruciating!

Andreia Capelo (15)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 10:43 am
Terry King... you werent made to be omnivore.
We have the power to choose... they dont. Think about them.

Terry King (113)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 10:53 am
Andreia... Several million years of evidence disputes your conclusion!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 11:53 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 12:04 pm
Love this story, thank you Cher. You know they are feeding, shooting these birds up, making them so big that they can't stand. Disgraceful and greedy. By the way, nerd posting shoes, you are reported.

Kath P (9)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 3:00 pm
All non-organic birds are being pumped full of antibiotics and other nasties via their food. These things are added to make the birds grow big and fat very, very fast.

Caroline Vimla (16)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 4:09 pm
This madness will stop if we become vegetarians.

Janyce S (12)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 4:11 pm
Cool and sweet story

Terry King (113)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 4:21 pm
Carol one.... Tell that to Monsanto!

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 4:46 pm
I liked the comments better than I did the post.

Erin R (181)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 5:49 pm

Anne K (139)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 6:38 pm
Terry King - If the guilt is excruciating, stop murdering innocent, sentient beings to satisfy your taste buds!

"For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and
light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." - Plutarch

"I, for my part, marvel at what sort of feeling, mind, or reason that man was possessed who was the first to pollute his mouth with gore, and to allow his lips to touch the flesh of the murdered beings; who spread his table with the mangled forms of dead bodies, and claimed as his daily food what were but now beings endowed with movement, with perception, and with voice.

How could his eyes endure the spectacle of the flayed and dismembered limbs? How was his taste not sickened by contact with festering wounds, with the pollution of corrupted blood and juices?

Man makes use of flesh not out of want and necessity, seeing that he has the liberty to make his choice of herbs and fruits the plenty of which is inexhaustible; but out of luxury, and being cloyed with necessaries, he seeks after impure and inconvenient diet, purchased by the slaughter of living beings; by showing himself more cruel than the most savage of wild beasts."

Romila Lal (9)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 6:38 pm

Terry King (113)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 7:02 pm
I will never abandon my nature but will be reverent and mindful in my consumption!

Terry King (113)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 7:03 pm
Annie... Is your cat vegan?

Terry King (113)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 7:25 pm
One Day the plants will feast on me... he circle is closed!

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 7:32 pm
I'm omnivorous and proud of it. At the same time, I avoid killing unless I plan to eat it or it's harmful/verminous. I don't mind participating in a hunt under proper game management rules designed to insure there are enough critters left for next year to keep up the population and eating my kills, but if I don't want to eat the kills I won't participate in the hunt. Farm animals are bred to be eaten and used, they shouldn't be unduly tormented but they're a farm product. Wild turkeys are respectable birds that fly well, but farm turkeys are often too undeveloped to use their wings when they fall... I feel no guilt in eating them. It's the food chain.

Ioana B (132)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 12:36 am

Carol H (229)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 4:32 am
sadly noted, thanks Cher

Danielle Herie (2)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 6:29 am

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 10:46 am
thank you

Lindsey Williams (234)
Wednesday May 4, 2011, 3:35 pm

Mary T (178)
Thursday May 5, 2011, 8:10 pm
Thank Cher.

Jill Vickerman (416)
Saturday May 7, 2011, 5:38 am
Thanks Cher...they do the same to chickens here, they grow too heavy for their legs to support...poor things.

Cindy Black (61)
Sunday May 8, 2011, 3:52 pm
I must admit... I have eaten Turkey more than once (although mainly just on T'giving) and I liked it! I eat very little meat and NO red meat ever, certainly no pork, lamb, etc.

All that said, I can say with TOTAL HONESTY that if I owned or even knew any turkey, then it would be a cold day in hell before I'd touch a feather on his head or allow anyone else to do so. If we were starving on a desert island, then we would die together, friends to the end.

However if my friend died first, of natural causes which I couldn't prevent, then yes, I'd eat a bit of him then. I'm nothing if not practical.

Thanks for a delightful story.

Dianne D (490)
Friday May 13, 2011, 3:55 pm
It's better for humans to not eat meat or dairy. We need our Doctors to take classes in nutrition and to heavily tax meat and dairy products.

Cindy C (125)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 1:15 pm
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