This year my family has finally bitten the bullet and done away with the turkey that is the centerpiece of so many feasts during the Thanksgiving holiday. Why? No one really liked the meat and it became an obligation every year that monopolized the oven taking space from foods people actually cared about. It’s an “all sides” holiday in our household.
For those of you who cannot break with tradition and crave the bird, think about the modern turkey that you might have purchase in a supermarket. If you bought your bird from a farmer raising heritage turkeys in a humane setting just ignore what I am about to show.
Modern turkeys’ lives are, to crib from Thomas Hobbes, nasty, brutish, and short. How bad you ask? The good folks at Mother Jones have put together a series of charts that give you an idea of the horror that is the modern turkey:
Even if you do not take these birds to slaughter they will die because longevity has essentially been bred out of them. How do I know? The turkeys that are “pardoned” every year by the President often end up dying soon after because they were bred to produce meat, not live long lives.