Streetalk November 27 2003

Are turkeys meant to be dinner?

Rahmeek: They’re good for providing substance for mankind so he can go out and do his daily tasks. If you’re going to slaughter an animal, you should do it in a painless fashion. You shouldn’t cause trauma or conflict on the turkey; you should bring him to his place of slaughter in a very calm manner. You want a system free of adrenaline. He’s going to be eaten, so at least let him go out in a dignified manner.

Kristin: It’s really sad that there’s this tradition of killing hundreds of thousands of turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. All these defenseless turkeys are born and bred to lead a very short life so we can all see this big dead bird on our table. Thanksgiving has a great tradition of what we should be thankful for, and we’re very blessed. But it doesn’t have to be celebrated with a dead bird.

Matt: I was attacked once by a turkey when I went hunting. There was a pack of turkeys, so we shot at them. One of them kept coming toward us, and we blew its brains out. It’s a Darwinian world we’re living in. Until you can at least prove that any animal has the ability to reason and engage in discourse, shoot the turkey. There’s no other animal that makes you so satiated after you eat it. We had to fight our way to make it to the top of the food chain, so turkeys certainly could’ve put up a credible defense if they were smart enough and formed coalitions with other animals.