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Why kill turkeys to celebrate Thanksgiving?

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game: Millions of turkeys are horrifically raised and killed as mere tokens, but why? November 28, 2013 by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions Many of you have heard this question over and over again, “Why kill turkeys to celebrate Thanksgiving?” They say repetition is boring conversation but…

On The National Thanksgiving Turkey

Every year, POTUS pardons one turkey from becoming the dead body centerpiece for a Thanksgiving meal. This year, the turkey pardon is a little different: the public will vote on which turkey President Obama will pardon (sort of). The two turkeys who are battling it out are Popcorn and Caramel, pictured above. When I first … Continue reading

the sexual politics of thanksgiving

  Honestly, I was hesitant to even include the facebook screenshot with my post because I thought it might encourage someone to actually try this. It should go without saying: Please don’t do this at home! The image is of a cooked turkey with the appearance of human female breasts. In this image,  the dead … Continue reading

Number of the Day: 10% of Red Wolves Killed (This Year)

Today’s Number of the Day is 10%, which is the number of Red Wolves killed this year by poachers. “Nearly 10 percent of red wolves living in the wild have been killed by poachers this year, putting the species on the fast track to extinction. The actions of a few ignorant, misguided criminals have severely crippled … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Male Meat Culture, as Seen in GQ

I was flipping through the latest issue of GQ magazine this past weekend and came across the Terry Richardson-shot photo spread of Emily Ratajkowski. Emily is most known for prancing nude around the fully-clothed male stars in the music video for Robin Thicke’s rape-culture anthem, Blurred Lines.  And Terry Richardson is most known for being … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: “Melissa Bachman: Mild by Comparison”

For how would we plausibly argue that it is immoral to kill a lion, while simultaneously believing that it is not immoral to use and visit great suffering and hardship upon other nonhuman animals? Bacon, steak, eggs, lamb, veal. If it is wrong to kill a lion for pleasure, then it is wrong to kill … Continue reading

Animals In the News, On the Web

So many interesting articles that I’ve come by in the past few days. Organized by general topic. Hope you enjoy them, too! My added thoughts are in italics. Animal Welfare Farm Bill Takes Aim at State Animal Welfare Laws. “The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen’s cage … Continue reading

Dogs and Anthropology: European origin of domesticated dogs?

Wow, Dienekes’ Anthropology blog posted a link to a recent paper that adds a new layer of complexity to the debate about the origins of dog domestication. This paper presents findings which point to a European origin: The mitochondrial genomes of all modern dogs are phylogenetically most closely related to either ancient or modern canids … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Justin Lookadoo & “Flesh Buffets”

This misogynistic image is taken directly from Justin Lookadoo’s faith-based dating book,  “Dateable: Are You? Are They?” Lookadoo spoke at an optional assembly at Richardson High School recently, upsetting many students and parents who found his talk to be a “rant against women.” Recently, I had to defend the phrase “The Sexual Politics of Meat” … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Red Bull’s Speciesism and Racism

Video Description: A Native American and a Pilgrim walk towards a small group of farm animals. The pig says, “Oh no. This does not look good.” The pig takes out a Red Bull from his non-existent pocket and chugs it down. Then the pig magically grows wings! As he flies away, he tosses the can … Continue reading