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.
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
(UPC Letter Re: Article Representing Turkeys Pornographically)