This week, President Donald Trump will take a break from watching his impeachment hearings to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise our own pardon power by choosing a non-violent, cruelty-free Thanksgiving observance.

The 244 million turkeys killed in the United States this year were raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes were clipped to prevent stress-induced aggression. At 16 weeks of age, slaughterhouse workers cut their throats and dumped them into boiling water to remove feathers.

Consumers pay a heavy price, too. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate risk of chronic killer diseases. Intense prolonged cooking is required to destroy deadly pathogens lurking inside.

Now, for the good news. U.S. turkey production is down by a whopping 20 percent from its 1995 high of 293 million as Americans are reducing their meat consumption. Our supermarkets carry several delicious, healthful, oven-ready plant-based roasts.

This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of plant-based holiday roast, vegetables, fruits and grains. An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” offers more options and recipes than we could possibly use.

Woody Hudson

Watertown

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(3) comments

rdsouth

This is a once a year special occasion. It won't destroy the Earth. And turkeys are not that bright. While they experience suffering in the here and now, they don't have a lot of plans for the future. Provided they are killed without too much suffering it shouldn't be too much of a big deal to kill and eat them a couple of times a year. The benefit outweighs the cost.

Holmes -- the real one

Perhaps we could pardon the more aggressive of them and have them campaign to support Thanksgiving.

hermit thrush

"provided" is doing an awful lot of work there.

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