The Grinch Who Stole Thanksgiving By Suki Falconberg

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By Suki Falconberg

The turkey on your table went through a lot before she got there. She was ‘factory farmed.’ This involves procedures that can be defined as extreme torture. Within the first three hours of her birth, the baby turkey had three-toes chopped off and she was debeaked, all without anesthetic. Debeaking involves amputating the highly sensitive beak tissue with a hot blade, and it causes life-long pain and suffering. Both debeaking and toe amputation are regarded as ‘necessary,’ so the birds will not peck and claw each to death out of misery and frustration in the warehouses where they ‘live’ until slaughter.

Factory farming, also called ‘intensive confinement,’ crowds thousands of birds together in large barns where they stand in their own excrement, breathing in the ammonia fumes caused by the build up. They live their entire lives under these conditions, which cause ulcerated feet, destroyed lungs, and eyes burned out by the fumes—not to mention emotional frustration, stress, and eventually insanity. They’re also fed a steady diet of antibiotics, to keep them alive in their hell long enough to get them to slaughter.


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4 thoughts on “The Grinch Who Stole Thanksgiving By Suki Falconberg

  1. Sue Coe is amazing. She is a real artist, excellent printmaker and always had something profound to say. I miss the days when art was more than Damian Hurst slicing pigs in formaldehyde.

    I wish this topic would elicit more response, people are so addicted to the taste and tradition of meat-eating, they’ve forgetten compassion– even ‘organic’ meat is a bad scene, and patting them on the back on the way to their slaughter is no condolence.

    Today the Times talks about the impending semi-doubling of meat consumption globally in the coming years, together with all the slash and burn, gas, and waste (not to mention the killing).

    Sadly we also have to look at commercially raised eggs, dairy, and fish, as well as factory ‘harvested’ fisheries–

    I won’t eat the animals, but admit I’m no strict vegan.

    For me it was this fiim: (
    (dare I post it again, I hate horror movies, and idealogues, but just the same, it was perhaps the best thing PETA has done, despite all their controversy from all sides, from the ‘animal rights’ set as well as the hunters– Ingrid is amazing, weird advocacy for ‘putting to sleep’ animals for ‘humane’ reasons notwithstanding).

    There are so many reasons why Thanksgiving needs to be de-holidized (can’t believe it’s already time to repost about NOT buying cut, killed christmas trees, instead buy live ones and PLANT them after! ThanksLiving for the Turkeys, and the trees!).

    Thanks for this important post.

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  3. That’s the idea, epppie. People need to know exactly how horrifying the conditions are for these captured animals that then become our dinners. Good that you don’t consume meat any longer. Even if people eat less meat it would help our environment and of course, reduce the number of animals slaughtered for food consumption.

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