More than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and

More than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality ➹ [Reading] ➻ More than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality By Karen Davis ➮ – This scholarly and authoritative book examines the cultural and literal history as well as the natural history and biological needs and concerns of turkeys Davis explores how turkeys came to be seen a a Meal: PDF ↠ This scholarly and authoritative book examines the cultural and literal history as well as the natural history and biological needs and concerns of turkeys Davis explores how turkeys came to be seen as birds who than a Meal: The Turkey ePUB í were not only the epitome of failure or stupidity but also the suitable centerpiece of the celebration of freedom in America itself—Thanksgiving She examines the many varieties of turkeys and uncovers the methods by which millions of turkeys are raised fattened and slaughtered on farms around America today Davis takes us back to European folklore about turkeys the myths fairytales and downright More than PDF/EPUB or lies told about turkeys and their habits and habitats She shows how turkeys in the wild have complex lives and family units and how they were an integral part of Native American and continental cultures and landscape before the Europeans arrived Finally Davis draws conclusions about our paradoxical complex and bestial relationship not just with turkeys but with all birds and thus with all other animals She examines how our treatment of animals shapes our other values about ourselves our relationship with other human beings and our attitude toward the land nation and the world.

About the Author: Karen Davis

a Meal: PDF ↠ Karen Davis born February is an American animal rights advocate and president of United Poultry Concerns a non profit organization founded in to address the treatment of domestic fowl – including chickens than a Meal: The Turkey ePUB í turkeys and ducks – in factory farming Davis also maintains a sanctuaryShe is the author of several books on veganism and animal rights including Prisoned Chickens Poisoned.

3 thoughts on “More than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality

  1. Katey Katey says:

    A well written researched and referenced book about the turkey and the role it tragically plays in that effectively meaningless American holiday ThanksgivingIt touched than upon that one day out of the year of course delving into history the Aztecs were among the first to factory farm the creature and even biology natural origins of the different species to behaviour and moral implications As the President of the United Poultry Concerns and personally fostering rescued meat industry turkeys Davis writes with an emotional reflection at times but mostly the evidence speaks for itselfIf anything is to be taken away from this book is that turkeys are not stupid and thus deserve to be eaten as the propaganda from the National Turkey Federation would like you to believe nor are they deserving easy targets in the wild as hunters would like you to believe They are a successful species with complicated behaviour and instincts brought to near extinction in the wild by humans Does that sound familiar? Hmmm Modern science is only just beginning to understand the specific intelligence of fowl and I love books like these ones that bring to light facts and examples about an animal that usually no one thinks twice about consuming

  2. Peacegal Peacegal says:

    Poultry welfare expert Karen Davis challenges readers to rethink the Thanksgiving turkey “Why do we hate this celebrated bird? Why do we celebrate this hated bird?” she challenges Indeed it’s not enough to merely slaughter 48 million turkeys for our yearly ritual we also feel the need to mock the birds and anyone who doesn’t partake in their flesh In More than a Meal we learn our ancestors could be just as cruel to farmed animals as we currently are To become white flesh animals were often suspended head down from the kitchen ceiling This is how calves became veal prior to the adoption of the veal crate in the 20th centuryAnd in some cases they could have humanity A turn of the century manual suggested that birds shipped to market by rail should be placed in coops “high enough to permit the fowls to stand erectand give comfort to the occupants of the coop”Today the nine billion birds being shipped to slaughter each year in the United States receive no such consideration of their comfortThe crippling genetics of today’s ever suffering factory farmed turkeys are discussed at length as well as the attributes of the North American wild turkeys to whom they trace their heritage Wild turkeys too have their own share of problems being a favorite “game” bird of sport hunters Davis writes of the great degree of manipulation that has gone into stocking wild turkeys for hunting season including in some cases the release of game farm bred hybrid birds to provide plenty of “targets” As with most sport hunting there is the element of the sexual in wild turkey shooting Turkey hunters brag about the erotic pleasure they get from mimicking turkey courtship behavior imitating a “hot hen” so that a lovesick tom will “offer its head and neck for a shot”There’s also the element of sadism Apparently there is also a turkey version of the infamous live pigeon shoots Sponsored by the Lone Pine Sportsmen’s Clubthe event was a live turkey shoot in which approximately one hundred leg bound turkey hens were shot at for recreationThe Presidential “pardon” of a live turkey is analyzed in depth showing us just what short memories we have as Americans Although the turkey industry has traditionally presented the President with a live turkey intended for the White House Thanksgiving banuet the media driven turkey “pardon” is a different animal altogether Far from being a time honored ritual stretching back generations It was during the 1980s that the presentation evolved into the pardoning ceremony it officially became in 1989Not that the supposedly “pardoned” turkey has to fear the White House oven anyway Turkeys destined for whole bird consumption are slaughtered at around four months old In contrast the White House turkeys are of breeding stock age They are always males they weigh an average of fifty pounds and they are between six and twelve months old According to the National Turkey Federation breeding size birds “are processed for what are called canner packs—that is they are going into soups or stews things that are already cooked where the tenderness of the meat isn’t uite as important And also as you said pet food and other byproducts animal feedDavis has little patience for environmentalists who speak of reverence for the earth while heaping their plates with turkey or other meat In essence we are all responsible for the ever suffering genetic mess that is the industrially farmed turkey Davis not only asks us to have compassion for the birds but confront our own selfish desires In parting I leave you with these words I noted how euphoric it feels to “’think’ like a Mountain”—ora Wild Turkey However it does not feel good to think like the wild turkey’s descendents and cousins on a factory farm or to put oneself vicariously through the events that put them there It feels good to view oneself as an Environmental Hero in Chains seeking to unlock the key and run with the wild spirits of the earth It does not feel good to see oneself through the eyes of one’s uotidian victims

  3. mad mags mad mags says:

    A Uniue Look at our Cultural Views of a Food AnimalMore Than a Meal is an incredible book examining not just the nature of the turkey behavior intelligence emotions etc but also our cultural construction of it Ms Davis elouently describes the many ways in which the turkey is dehumanized and demeaned in modern society Such atrocities go far beyond the obvious farming and killing turkeys for food at times bordering on the ridiculous for instance the annual presidential pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey that will soon die prematurely anyway as it was bred for grotesuely rapid growth that its body cannot withstand She also delves into the human psyche in a uest to figure out just why we hate this particular bird so yet schizophrenically honor it every fallKaren Davis is an asset to the animal rights community While anti ARAs may disparage her with childish nicknames Karen Bird Brain Davis is a popular one Ms Davis is clearly deserving of her PhD She's an excellent writer transforming what at first glance might be a mundane subject into a fascinating examination of our dysfunctional attitudes towards the nonhuman animals with which we share this planet More Than a Meal is a must read for anyone interested in the humane treatment of animalshttpwwwreviewR333RZMZ

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