United Poultry Concerns 28 October 2002
UPC Letter Re: Article Representing Turkeys Pornographically

United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis's letter ran in the Edmonton Journal (Edmonton, Alberta) on Tuesday, October 15, in response to an article representing turkeys pornographically.

Letters Editor
Edmonton Journal
Box 2421
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2S6

Re: "Battle of the sexes isn't easy when you're talking turkey" by Scott McKeen (October 11, 2002).

This unpleasant article is not about "talking turkey." It's about talking dirty. It illustrates (for the umpteenth time) the link between the slaughter and eating of animals' bodies and a pornographic attitude towards the animal victims. The idea is: make the sacrificial victim into a figure of fun (small penis jokes; prurient innuendoes about human masturbation of the baby birds - "disturbing squeeze"). Think of the victim as a mixture of machine ("minivan") and sex object ("big breasts," "cleavage"). Is it any wonder that teenagers are smutty and cruel to animals and our world is filled with violence and disrespect for life? Please do not run such articles in the future. Please show respect for the poor beings who cannot defend themselves from us. Show mercy and teach kindness.

Karen Davis, PhD

Author of More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (Lantern Books, 2001).

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070

(UPC Letter Re: Article Representing Turkeys Pornographically)

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