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Say a prayer for unfortunate turkey before your Thanksgving meal

When you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner and thank God for his blessing, please include a prayer for the turkey you are about to eat, who lived a short, miserable life being raised in an overcrowded building in filthy conditions before being crammed into a cage, loaded onto a truck and taken to a slaughter house, where it was brutally killed, cleaned, then frozen in that neat package you picked out at the grocery store.

I have been by the turkey warehouses here in Harrison County and seen them crowded by the door to get a ray of sunlight. It was a pitiful sight.
The idea that some things were put on Earth to die sacrificially goes back to ancient times, and culturally rationalized forms of animal sacrifice thrive in our modern times. To inflict cruelties on defenseless creatures or condone such acts is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of a civilized society, the reverence for life.

For those of you who say “It’s a tradition,” I say the thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition. Think of the suffering of which you spared yourself the sight.

For those who like to hunt, as you know, turkeys are not a dangerous animal and they pose no threat, so please take their photos, not their lives.
Next year, let’s make Thanksgiving a tradition that celebrates life instead of ending it. We need to educate our children about humane attitudes and actions towards all living creatures to preserve and strengthen the moral values we champion in the world.

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is, whether it’s victim is human or animal, we cannot expect things to be much better in the world.

Ray Wilson | New Middletown, Ind.