Oprah’s Favorite Things: Cracker Box Palace ("You get a rescue goat! And you get a rescue goat! EVERYBODY GETS A RESCUE GOAT!!!")*

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

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So you’ve vicariously tasted the yummy vegan eats at The Owl House as part of veganmofo iv, and last week I introduced you to Ms. Chicktoria. Though it’s now four months after the fact, there’s still one set of vacation photos I’d like to share from my September visit to Rochester. Because they’re from an ANIMAL SANCTUARY and who doesn’t like pictures of SUPER-CUTE RESCUE ANIMALS, hmmmm? Besides, it’s like zero degrees outside and there’s a three-foot snow drift on my patio and I could use a vacation, even if only in my own head.

Initially, my sis and I had our hearts set on visiting Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen – but unfortunately the fall tour hours (weekends only!), coupled with the lengthy drive time and previous commitments, just didn’t fit into our schedule. My mom suggested that we instead visit Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven, a new-ish farmed animal sanctuary located in Alton, NY. (Alton is a short drive from Sodus – which is where I spent the first five years of my life – and Sodus, in turn, is a 45-minute drive from Rochester. In comparison, Watkins Glen is twice as far.)

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According to the group’s website, CBP opened in 2001 on a 50-acre former migrant farm. Originally dedicated to horse rescue and rehab, the sanctuary is now home to geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, and several breeds of pigs as well. Currently, it’s leasing and attempting to purchase Alasa Farms, a 500-acre historic Shaker farm.

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The weekend we visited, the group was holding a fair to help raise funds for the purchase.

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Before we begin, a bit of a disclaimer: on its website, Cracker Box Palace isn’t particularly forthcoming about its positions on animal rights and veganism/vegetarianism. In some newsletters, for example, the founders allude to the cruelties of factory farming and ask for donations of vegetarian cookbooks for CBP’s gift shop. They also speak approvingly of Farm Sanctuary and credit its courses with teaching them the skills necessary to start and run an animal sanctuary. (While you may disagree with some of Farm Sanctuary’s positions – and I do – the group does include animal rights and veganism in its advocacy.)

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tweeting thanksgiving

Friday, November 26th, 2010

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In this someecard, a woman sits at a dining table, seemingly ashamed as two older men berate her. The remnants of the night’s meal, including what looks like a bird corpse, scatter the tabletop. The caption reads, “Your Tufurkey has brought shame to this family.”

As with several holidays past (most notably, Mother’s Day), I spent some of yesterday sending out Thanksgiving-related tweets. Most of these focused on the 45-48 million turkeys who were enslaved, slaughtered, dismembered and consumed in order to “show thanks” for [insert your irony here: friends? family? freedom? life?]. A few also addressed the racist and colonialist origins of the holiday. (Such a Debbie Downer, I am. Errr, make that Kelly Killjoy.)

For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter, I’ve included a digest of yesterday’s tweets. There’s lots of interesting reading there – some of which I linked to in yesterday’s edition of Friday Food – so enjoy!

Perhaps you’ll join me in tweeting the next problematic holiday or observance? It’s a surprisingly satisfying – and relatively simple – form of protest, though I’m not sure whether it has any practical effect beyond the personal. But hey, it made me feel a teensy bit better. That counts for something, right?

Oh, and at the end of the digest is a snarky little video from Sarah Silverman and the folks at Funny or Die: Sarah Silverman’s ThanksKILLING Special. “God bless America, and its greedy, self-righteous heritage.” Definitely check it out, even if you’re already familiar with the story of how Silverman became a vegetarian.

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Friday Food (on a Thursday Holiday): Season Finale!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Friday Food…on a Thursday, you ask? Yes, ma’am! I shall be too busy chowing down on frozen pizza and pie – not to mention catching up on The Walking Dead – to bother with a “real” post today. And it’s the veganmofo Friday Food Season Finale, at that. How exciting!

(Seriously, the husband and I are opting/lazing out of the traditional Tofurky and mashed potato feast this year. But feel free to visit ghosts of meals past, mkay? See, e.g., 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.)

Whether you choose to observe the holiday or not, may your Thanksgiving day be a gentle one, friends.


Feed the Turkeys ceremony at Animal Acres Thanksgiving!
They got pies, salad, and stuffed squash!
CC image via Flickr user prideandvegudice.

Food, delicious food!

Caramel Apple Pie from Apryl Knight @ Vegan Etsy

Vegan Lemon Bars from I Eat Trees

Chocolate Chestnut Tart from The New Vegan Table

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips from Manifest Vegan

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers from Cooking at the Pacific Outpost

Cornbread Casserole, Dirty Dumpling Soup and Coconut Fudge from bite me, I’m vegan.

Smokey Maple BBQ Beans from Vegan Guinea Pig

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes from Sweet Treats and Vegan Eats

Hindbærsnitter from Seglare in Copenhagen

Lentil Walnut Pate Lettuce Wraps from thefrenchvegan

Garlic-Glazed Green Beans and Candied Sweet Potatoes from the vegan crew

Thousand Island Dressing from Our Veggie Kitchen

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Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs (Karen Davis, 2009): A vegan feminist book review, with recipes!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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Two holiday-themed Bizarro strips.
In the first, a group of turkeys looks on in horror and disgust as a farmer, clad in the requisite red flannel, hauls two of their terrified brethren from the barn, seemingly for slaughter. Two turkeys in the foreground discuss this all-too-predictable turn of events: “This is all about ‘thanks.’ Next month, the massacre starts all over again in the name of ‘peace on Earth.'”
The second strip shows a turkey angel visiting with a reindeer, who looks a little mopey despite the festive bells slung around his neck. The wizened turkey advises, “I’m just saying, WATCH YOUR BACK. I was a holiday icon too, & look what happened to me.
Images copyright Dan Piraro.

I realize that a review of an animal rights book isn’t wholly in keeping with the theme of veganmofo; so, to compensate, I’ve included a number of yummy, egg- and bird-free recipes at the bottom of this post. Hopefully this will help drive home that point that the atrocities described in Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs are 1000% unnecessary while also placating the veganmofo goddesses! (No smiting of my person, mkay? Nevermind that I also have a blog named Smite Me!)

Out of respect for my fellow mofo’ers, I’ve purposefully omitted any visual representations of animal exploitation from this post, so you can scroll through without worry.

Or, if you’d rather not read the review, you can jump straight to the recipes!

Book Review: Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An inside look at the modern poultry industry by Karen Davis (1996; revised 2009)

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher.)

[FYI: you can download a pdf copy of the first edition here. Also, by way of disclaimer, I received a free review copy of this book from the the publisher, The Book Publishing Company. As in, nearly a year ago. Slow, who me?]

Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs by Karen Davis (2009)

In the United States, nearly 10 billion chickens are slaughtered every year; worldwide, the number is 40 billion and growing, as agribiz continues to export America’s extremely unhealthy, meat-laden diet – as well as its industrialized method of animal “farming” – to developing nations. At any given time, 5 billion hens “live” in battery cages on American “farms,” so that their bodies may be exploited for eggs. Because male chicks are an unwanted byproduct of this system, 250 million of them are discarded – suffocated, gassed, ground up or merely thrown out, alive – annually.

While chickens – hens, roosters and chicks; mothers, fathers and children – represent the single most exploited species of farmed animals, they receive perhaps the least consideration. More chickens are enslaved and slaughtered per year than cows, pigs, sheeps and goats combined – and yet, along with cold-blooded mammals such as reptiles, chickens and other birds are not even considered “animals” under the U.S. Animal Welfare Act. (Granted, animals farmed for food and fiber are also not covered under the AWA, but this is perhaps small consolation, as they still fall under the rubric of “animals.”) Perhaps it’s their “alien” faces, what with rigid beaks where expressive mouths “should” be, but humans seem to have more trouble empathizing with chickens and birds than other farmed animal species, such as pigs and cows (who, of course, receive less consideration than “pet” species, such as dogs and cats).

In the intro to Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs, Karen Davis – founder and director of United Poultry Concerns (UPC) – reports that, when she first became involved in advocating on behalf of chickens in the late 1980s, these beautiful and abused creatures were largely overlooked in animal welfare and rights campaigns:

I was told by some that people weren’t “ready” for chickens. This proved to be false. The point, in any case, was to make people ready.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of folks like Davis, chickens are now central to the vegan and anti-factory farming movements. Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs – first published in 1996 and revised in 2009 – provides an accessible and compressive, if horrifying and hard-to-read, overview of industrialized chicken egg and “meat” production. (Something similar is sorely needed for fishes and other “seafood,” who seem to be the chickens and birds of this decade. But I digress.)

What with a 19-page reference list and copious quotations culled from industry publications and decades-old news clippings, Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs is meticulously researched and brimming with information. I’d hoped to include a list of talking points or key facts, but the sheer breadth and detail makes this nearly impossible. (That, and I’m not exactly about brevity, as regular readers well know!) Instead, let’s take this summary chapter by chapter, shall we?

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Sexy Meat, No. 3: Thanksgiving Edition

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Suntanned Turkey

Because Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without a side of misogyny to go with all that speciesism! Complementary flavors and all that jazz.

The photo, in case you can’t view it, is of a turkey corpse – excuse me, a “roast” – de-feathered, beheaded, cleaned and cooked. The skin is dark brown in color – save for two sections of “white” skin in the shape of a string bikini. The bird’s wings have been stretched back, grotesquely far, and pinned to “rest” behind her neck. Or her neck stump, rather. She’s not dead, just chillaxing, lounging, catching some rays, working on her tan. (A task which can prove difficult in the dead of November; would that we all had a cozy lil’ oven for a sun lamp!) After all, a lady wants to look good on her big day!

I keep using the pronoun “she” because these feminine trappings clearly convey the message that this turkey is a she, not a he. [Hey now, your manly man of a husband would never eat a dude(ly turkey), am I right now? That’s just gay. (And I use the slur with more than an ounce of sarcasm, just so we’re clear.)] Women, after all, are the consumable objects, the sex class, the pieces of property. Men are the consumers, the johns, the property owners. In a kyriarchy/patriarchy, could it be any other way?

The photo, by the by, is via delish.com,* which considers the “Suntanned Turkey” one of nine “Over-the-Top Thanksgiving Turkeys.” (Incidentally, #4 is a “Lifelike Vegetarian Turkey” from Whole Foods. The cruelty-free feast comes after the “Turducken” and before the “Barbecue Whole Turkey.” Those crazy, tree-hugging, animal-loving, health nut pacifists/terrorists, what will they think of next?!)

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As I’m neither a fan of Thanksgiving nor of President Obama, you can imagine how I feel about this shit.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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“You know, there are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office,” President Obama declared while standing outside the White House on Wednesday morning. “And then there are moments like this — where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland.”

At this year’s official Turkey Pardon, President Obama mixed jokes in with a serious message about giving thanks for our blessings. With Sasha and Malia at his side, he noted how delicious the turkey looked (at 40-plus pounds, the North Carolina-raised bird named Courage did look pretty juicy). Obama claimed he wanted to eat the turkey, but Sasha and Malia prevailed upon him to pardon it, sparing it “a terrible and delicious fate.” Courage will now head to Disneyland for their Thanksgiving Day parade.

(The entire transcript is available at the Huffington Post.)

Aside from all the God-talk and flippant remarks about the mouth-watering handsomeness of a living being, what most annoys me about Obama’s speech – and this is by no means unique to Obama; all presidents, at least in recent memory, engage in some variation of this speciesist bullshit – is how frivolous and trivial this routine appears to be to him. As if he’s simply above it all.

But to Courage, this idiotic ritual is anything but frivolous and trivial; rather, it is literally a matter of life and death. The annual Presidential Turkey Pardoning is all that stands between him and torture, slaughter, dismemberment and consumption. While Obama mocks a turkey for his captor’s frivolity, 45 million of his kin are being “dressed” for Thanksgiving celebrations. Most, if not all, of Courage’s family – his mother, father, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles – are no doubt already dead.

And yet, President Obama has the audacity to say that,

[W]e are, as ever, a people of endless compassion, boundless ingenuity, limitless strength.

Endless compassion? Bah. Try that line on tomorrow’s corpse. Tell it to Courage, for whom there’s no escape. (We inflicted our cruelty – excuse me, our “compassion” – onto him at a genetic level, so that his body will be crippled under its own weight in just a few short months. President Obama, your quip about “performance enhancing drugs”? Not funny.)

Happy fucking Thanksgiving.

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Save-a-Turkey Day: T minus 12 days and counting!

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Holy Rover. I glanced at the calendar this morning and realized that Save-a-Turkey Day is less than two weeks away…and I’ve yet to settle upon a Tofurky recipe!

I usually stick with the classic soy sauce and OJ baste recipe, but last year I got all adventurous and tried out the Caramelized Onion and Cherry Relish roast, which was super yummy. Coming off of VeganMoFo, I think I might feel like a bit of a cheat if I don’t try something different. But what? Did I mention that I’m a super-annoying-fussy eater?

The good peoples at Turtle Island Foods have really “beefed” up the selection of Tofurky recipes available on their website. In addition to the old standbys, there are recipes for a Maple-Pecan Tofurky Roast, South of the Border Tofurky Bake, Yam Good Cranberry Tofurky, Tofurky Wellington, Ginger-Garlic Tofurky, Deep Fried Tofurky, Pomegranate/Cranberry Tofurky, Crock Pot Tofurky with Cranberry Onion sauce, and Tofurky a la King, as well as recipes for chili, stew, gumbo, pizza and gravy (!). If you try searching the Google for additional recipes, you’ll find that many of Turtle Island Foods’ concoctions are echoed elsewhere. The Vegetarian Resource Group does have a few original ideas, though, including a Korean Barbecued Tofurky, Glazed Tofurky, Tofurky Stew and Tofurky Aztec.

Turtle Island’s recipe for a Maple-Pecan Tofurky Roast sounds intriguing, but I’m a wee bit worried about the chili paste – too spicy for my overly sensitive taste buds? Maybe I’ll be a goober and stick with Matt Lush’s simple Tofurky baste suggestion: 3 tablespoons olive oil (or other vegetable oil) + 1 tablespoon soy sauce + 1/2 teaspoon ground sage. Or dare I try his third option, with apricot jam?

Any suggestions from the veg*n gallery? What are y’all doing for the holiday? Are you even celebrating the holiday?

Whether you are or you aren’t, PETA2 is giving away a few free Tofurkys. Just blog about “why you won’t be eating turkeys this Thanksgiving (for all of your friends to see!), then leave a link to your blog as a comment below” – by November 19 – and drop a link to your entry in the comments.

Why won’t I be eating a dead bird on 11-27, you ask?

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Because there’s someone behind – inside, actually – that meal. A previously living, breathing, loving, thinking, sentient being, with rights and interests far more important than my wish for a meaty meal.

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Turkeys are always welcome at my place, of course, just not in the oven.

So, why won’t you be eating a turkey – and what will you be eating instead?



Don’t look at me, I brought the Tofurky!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007


Happy Save-a-Turkey / No-Turkey / Tofurky Day, peeps.

Today, a veg*n feast; tomorrow, veg*n food p0rn blogging. See ya then.

(eCard via Grist.)



RAmen. (Vegan, of course.)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

New Rule: The president can’t pardon just one or two turkeys this Thanksgiving. He’s got to let them all go.

It’s probably too much to expect from the man who wanted “no child left behind,” then vetoed health care for kids. But think of the upside. Freeing the turkeys might help the president’s credibility when he says things like, “We don’t torture.”


Cluckin’ hilarious.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. (Applause.) Welcome to the Rose Garden. Thanks for coming. We’re glad you’re here at the White House. Each of you is taking part in a tradition that goes back to the days of Harry Truman.* And to paraphrase Harry today, we have a message for our two feathered friends: You cannot take the heat — and you’re definitely going to stay out of the kitchen.


I also thank everybody who voted online to choose the names for our guests of honor. And I’m pleased to announce the winning names. They are “May” and “Flower.” They’re certainly better than the names the Vice President suggested, which was “Lunch” and “Dinner.”


Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

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Farm Sanctuary: Eight Turkeys Chosen For Adopt-A-Turkey Project

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Oct 17, 2007 3:38 PM
Subject: Eight Turkeys Chosen For Adopt-A-Turkey Project

BREAKING NEWS: Eight Turkeys Chosen For Adopt-A-Turkey Project

Photo via decade_resister

Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA — After weeks of speculation and nail-pecking drama, Farm Sanctuary today announced its 2007 roster of Adopt-A-Turkey Project participants.

Cicada, Luna, Feather, Juniper, Magnolia, Moth, Oak and Pearl will step into the spotlight as the illustrious group chosen to be the face of Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project.

Started in 1986, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project invites the public to sponsor a turkey for only $20. The funding provides food, bedding and tender loving care to Farm Sanctuary’s turkey flock.

“Farm Sanctuary stepped up its game this year with these Adopt-A-Turkey selections,” mooed Larry, Farm Sanctuary’s spokescow. “This group’s palpable charm is matched only by their quick wit and head-turning good looks.”

Each turkey will be available for a face-to-face meet-and-greet Nov. 17 at the annual Celebration FOR the Turkeys: http://www.adoptaturkey.org/turkey_celebration07.htm.

Flash photography encouraged.

Sponsor these turkeys today!
Visit: http://www.adoptaturkey.org/adopt.htm

To subscribe: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/signup.htm



Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys!

Friday, October 5th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Oct 4, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys!

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with birds of a different feather at Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys!

Photo via nullalux

Join with the Farm Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, for our annual Celebration FOR the Turkeys and help us honor our fine feathered turkey friends. This compassionate holiday affair, favored by animal lovers and advocates nationwide, places turkeys at the center of attention rather than the center of the dinner table. The Celebration features special guest presentations, sanctuary time with rescued farm animals, our beloved Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony, and a delicious vegan holiday feast. Reservations are required for both our California and New York Shelter events.

California Shelter · Orland, CA
The California Celebration costs $30 per person and includes a catered holiday dinner.

New York Shelter · Watkins Glen, NY
The New York Celebration costs $10 per family and features a potluck-style feast. All guests are asked to bring a vegan (free from eggs, dairy, honey, and animal byproducts) dish to feed eight people.

By phone: 607-583-2225 ext. 221
Online: http://www.AdoptATurkey.org

Reservations are required for both events by Nov. 9, 2007. We regret that we may be unable to accommodate reservations received after the deadline.

To subscribe: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/signup.htm



Faux news ain’t got nothing on these guys.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Via United Poultry Concerns, I stumbled upon this article from (ahem) Lancaster Farming:

‘Real World’ Experience with New Poultry Depopulation Method

MANHEIM, Pa. — On April Fool’s Day, April 1, at 8:30 in the evening, University of Delaware Poultry Specialist George “Bud” Malone received a phone call. A turkey farm in West Virginia confirmed the H5N2 Avian Influenza (A.I.) strain on the farm. Could he please bring his equipment to foam the house for depopulation.

This was not an April Fool’s joke, but a chance for Malone and others to earn some “real world” experience with a new technology for depopulation — foaming a house.

At hand for depopulation were four houses — two with 10,000 birds, one with 3,000 birds and one with 2,000 birds. Through this experience, Malone said a lot of lessons have been learned for bringing this application to the real world.

Now, those familiar with bird flu and its consequences will pick up on the trigger words employed by author and poultry industry lackey Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade. Yet, those not schooled in the evils of factory farming and the threat of bird flu might not understand what exactly went down on that mystery West Virginian turkey farm. Charlene, much like Tony Snow, sure knows how to work the spin.

The words “killed”, “suffocated”, and “dead” aren’t used even once throughout the entire article; the closest Charlene comes to saying that 25,000 turkeys were murdered (due to shoddy industry practices, to boot) is the following impersonal statement: “With foam, consistency is critical to get the needed height to cover the birds and ensure death” – and this refers to the practice of foaming in a general sense, with no acknowledgment of the deaths of these 25,000 individuals.

Rather than killed and suffocated, they were “depopulated” and “foamed”. Factory farmers and their groupies sure have a knack for create euphemisms, don’t they? Seriously, who talks like this? If y’all aren’t ashamed of what you do, then call it what it is: mass murder, genocide (specicide?), or cruelty of convenience. Please. An outbreak of bird flu necessitated the eradication of 25,000 birds housed in four (four!) structures, and yet the words “kill” (or even “destroy”, which I detest for its impersonality) and “suffocate” appear nowhere in the story. Talk about disingenuous.

Of course, you can bet that Charlene and her ilk have damn well heard the maxim about slaughterhouses with glass walls



IDA Writing Alert: Lawsuit aims to stop wild turkey hunt on California island

Friday, January 12th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jan 12, 2007 1:12 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Lawsuit aims to stop wild turkey hunt on California island

The Monterey Herald and numerous other publications published an article on IDA and Rick Feldman’s lawsuit to try to stop the killing of wild turkeys on Santa Cruz Island. Please write a letter to the editor of the Herald, urging officials to stop the killing and look for humane ways to deal with unwanted animals. Send letters to mheditor [at] montereyherald.com.

Read “Lawsuit aims to stop wild turkey hunt on California island” online.

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Farm Sanctuary: New Report and Video Inside a Turkey Breeding Facility

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jan 9, 2007 11:29 AM
Subject: New Report and Video Inside a Turkey Breeding Facility

Farm Sanctuary Announces New Research Report and Video Revealing Unnatural Breeding Practices of Turkeys

The first of its kind, Farm Sanctuary’s new report, “Unnatural Breeding Techniques and Results in Modern Turkey Production” addresses the consequences associated with intensive genetic selection and artificial insemination (AI) in the turkey industry. Purposefully bred to be disfigured for consumer palates, unhealthy birds endure harsh industrialized conditions by an industry that requires unnatural measures to produce them.

In conjunction with the report, Farm Sanctuary has just released a never-before-seen companion video: “Inside a Turkey Breeding Facility.” This video reveals the behind-the-wall realities of what turkeys in an industrialized breeding facility endure, shows the AI process – from the “milking” of toms to the insemination of hens – at one of the largest turkey breeding facilities in the U.S.

Click Here [1] to read the report and view the video!

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit http://www.farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/join/donate2.htm. For updates on previous action alerts, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update.htm.

Please forward and distribute widely! Thank you
Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150 Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

To subscribe: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/signup.htm



DawnWatch: Olivia on Washington Post Radio and other turkey friendly coverage and opportunities — 11/23/06

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 23, 2006 12:53 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Olivia on Washington Post Radio and other turkey friendly coverage and opportunities — 11/23/06

During the 12-1 hour today, on Thanksgiving, Washington Post Radio broadcast a 3 minute piece I recorded about my meeting with the turkey Olivia. It was broadcast right in the middle of a call-in show where people were chatting about turkey cooking recipes. Perfect! I will paste the text below so you can read it.

Earlier in the hour, before my piece was broadcast, I heard a caller, warm and friendly, tell the hosts that she had seen footage from the Butterball turkey plant (check out http://www.goveg.com/feat/butterball/butterball.asp ) and was horrified by the treatment, so she was cooking veggie pot pies this year, and adopting a turkey from Farm Sanctuary. You’ll find a lovely article and a beautiful slide show about the Farm Sanctuary “Feed the Turkeys” and adoption programs at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/16073776.htm. You can post comments on that page. Please do!

And here is a video from the turkey celebration at Animal Acres near Los Angeles:

The caller on today’s Washington Post Radio show made me realize what a wonderful opportunity we have to add a warm voice of compassion to the turkey talk on the airwaves today. If you are having a veggie feast, please consider making a friendly call about it when your local station takes callers. And please let me know if you do — you will make my day!

Here’s the text of my Olivia piece broadcast on Washington Post Radio. It would be great if Washington Post Radio got some notes of appreciation. Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage encourages more of it. The station takes comments at comment [at] washingtonpostradio.com.

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DawnWatch: Turkey slaughter plant horror on CBS4 Miami — please thank reporter! — 11/17/06

Friday, November 17th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 17, 2006 11:09 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: Turkey slaughter plant horror on CBS4 Miami — please thank reporter! — 11/17/06

CBS4’s Jennifer Santiago in Miami, the UPN33 News at 10 PM co-anchor, has made it clear that she considers what happens to animals to be very much part of news. At http://cbs4.com/pets you can see stories she has done on circus cruelty, the “distasteful delicacy” foie gras, and the Canadian seal slaughter.

Yesterday, Thursday November 16, she aired horrifying undercover footage from the Butterball turkey slaughter plant, which shows workers sitting on, and kicking, and bragging about how they abuse the turkeys. You can watch the story at the link above — it is currently at the top right hand side of the page.

Please send enthusiastic thanks to Jennifer Santiago and the CBS 4 team in Miami. Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage encourages more of it.

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DawnWatch: CBS Evening News to cover turkey rescue efforts — 11/17/06

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 14, 2006 12:01 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: CBS Evening News to cover turkey rescue efforts — 11/17/06

If you put in your vote for the turkeys last weekend (or you tried) this, from the CBS website, will make you feel good about your efforts:


(CBS) CBS Evening News with Katie Couric is giving you a direct say in what makes the broadcast.

You, the viewer, are officially in charge of all the assignments of CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman. You get to tell him where to go and what to do — within reason, of course.

Every Friday we present three story pitches and you get to vote for the story you think sounds most interesting. Whichever story gets the most votes by 12 a.m. ET on Sunday is the winner.

Thanksgiving is almost here, and it’s never been a better time to be a turkey — at least a wild one. Viewers are sending Steve to report on the latest efforts to save them … from your dinner plate.

Watch Friday’s CBS Evening News with Katie Couric to see Steve’s report.


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DawnWatch: Vote immediately, Saturday 11/11/06, for turkey rescue on CBS!

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 11, 2006 4:39 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Vote immediately, Saturday 11/11/06, for turkey rescue on CBS!

Every weekend CBS lets viewers choose from three possible segments that will air the following Friday evening on the “Assignment America” portion of the CBS Evening News. About six weeks ago we put in our votes for the Best Friends rescue of dogs from Lebanon and we got to see that issue covered. Today, Saturday November 11, one of the three choices is:

“Thanksgiving is almost here, and it’s never been a better time to be a turkey — at least a wild one. Steve could report on the latest efforts to save them … from your dinner plate.”

While most of us have cuddled dogs and cats, not everybody has cuddled turkeys. If you haven’t, I urge you to get yourself to a farm animal sanctuary for a “feed the turkey” day before Thanksgiving. You may be pleasantly surprised to find how sweet and affectionate the turkeys are — how they love to be petted and might even fall asleep in your arms. Whether or not you have had the pleasure of meeting any turkeys yet, please vote to give them some much needed compassionate coverage at this time of year. And please forward this alert to other compassionate folks immediately; voting closes at 12am Sunday.

Go to http://tinyurl.com/y8t7x3 to read more about the selection, then click on “Vote Now.”

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at http://www.DawnWatch.com. To discontinue, go to http://www.DawnWatch.com/nothanks.php. You are encouraged to forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts but please do so unedited — leave DawnWatch in the title and include this tag line.)



SATYA’s November ‘06 Issue Available!

Monday, October 30th, 2006

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From: Satya Magazine – satya [at] satyamag.com
Date: Oct 27, 2006 2:39 PM
Subject: SATYA’s November Issue Now Available – Thanksgiving: Who’s Behind the Meal?

The SATYA November Issue is Now Available!

See highlights at: http://www.satyamag.com

Satya - November 2006

On the Cover: The Welcoming Committee at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary: Boone, Alfonzo and Hershel. Photo by Bob Esposito.

Thanksgiving: Who’s Behind the Meal?

Talking Turkey with Karen Davis, Jenny Brown, Rae Sikora, Christine Morrissey and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, with special holiday recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

This issue features a guest editorial by Will Potter calling on all activists to counter the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act currently pending in the House. Be sure to download the action alert and distribute widely.

Satya honors turkeys this holiday season with profiles by Karen Davis, Jenny Brown, Christine Morrissey, Lauren Ornelas and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, who bring their special qualities to light.

Learn about some of the abuses turkeys endure: PETA’s expose of a Butterball slaughterhouse; Farm Sanctuary’s investigation of artificial insemination; and Rae Sikora’s eye-witness account of “humane” slaughter.

This issue is packed with vegan recipes to be thankful for, including a full menu prepared by Post Punk Kitchen’s Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Plus, Worldwatch Institute’s Danielle Nierenberg has some eye-opening facts on global meat production and Monica Engebretson uncovers the cruelty in long distance livestock transportation.

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