• Leticia Lee (GRS’22)

    Leticia Lee (GRS’22) is an earth and environment grad student; she can be reached at leticial@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 5 comments on POV: This Thanksgiving, Think of the Turkeys

  1. If you love turkeys, you might indeed want to read this nice POV essay and confront the ethical question of animal suffering and the question of labor conditions in industrial poultry farms (and slaughterhouses), especially during the pandemic. If you love eating turkeys, you can still demand more sustainable and ethical production models.

  2. Thanks so much to Leticia for this seasonal reminder. And certainly, it’s not just the showy holiday feasts that we need to pay attention to, but our daily decisions to center meat in our daily fare. (This is something that my students and I discuss in my course on the global history of food, with students who are carnivores, vegans, vegetarians, and more, and come to the table, so to speak, with many different ideas and ideologies around food.)

    In non-pandemic years, Thanksgiving dinners provide good opportunities to showcase, to friends and family, the vast range of cuisines which transform vegetables, pulses, and grains into something transcendent. While we’re living in a golden age of plant-centered cookbooks, Bryant Terry’s beautiful book, Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes (and his older Vegan Soul Kitchen and Afro-Vegan) has some great seasonal offerings.

    This year, I’m thankful for the growing chorus of voices thinking critically about the intersections between climate, the environment, and human culture. Thanks, Leticia!

  3. No, domestic turkeys cannot live to 10.

    Wild turkeys can, but usually live to be 3-5. These monstrosities are lucky to live to a miserable 2, even with veterinary care.

    1. Feral cats live on average about 2 years. In a sheltered environment cats live to 20. Turkeys live to 10 years in a setting where they are safe and have food/water. Killing turkeys at 14 weeks is brutal.

  4. Wonderful and informative article! We, humans, need to start thinking of the point of view of the other creatures with whom we share this planet.

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