12 November 2017

Turkeys - Who Are They?

Karen Davis Talks "Turkey" at UVA Nov. 15


More Than a Meal book cover

Turkeys - Who Are They?, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. A presentation by Karen Davis in Brooks Hall Nov. 15 at 6pm. Sponsored by Animal Justice Advocates. All are welcome!

Sanctuary workers such as myself know that turkeys are intelligent, emotional, keenly alert birds with highly developed senses and sensibilities. Turkey mothers are superb parents who will fight to the death to protect their young. The idea that wild turkeys are “smart” and domesticated turkeys are “dumb” facilitates a view that turkey hunting is a benign collaboration between a stalker and a “savvy” partner, and that turkeys bred for food are brainlessly “adapted” to factory farms.

In my talk, I draw attention to the moral miasma surrounding the “Thanksgiving” turkey, the ritual taunting by the media each year and ask – what if this mean-spirited foreplay and blood sacrifice were taken away? What elements of Thanksgiving remain? Karen Davis, PhD, is president of United Poultry Concerns and the author of More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality published by Lantern Books and available from UPC.

Turkeys - Who Are They? poster shows a turkey flapping her wings with Karen laughing in the background