This was posted by Jewel in the calander, I decided to post it here as well.
I attended a turkey slaughterhouse protest on Sat.
Here's the article:
Protesters say ‘pass on the poultry this Thanksgiving’
By Abbe Smith
The Daily Times-Call
Turkeys have feelings too.
That was the general consensus at a protest Saturday
morning at ConAgra’s poultry plant at the corner of
Main Street and Second Avenue in Longmont.
“These animals are in fear and they know they’re going
to be killed,” said Deanna Dacus, an animal rights
activist and self-avowed vegan. “They can smell the
Seven bundled-up protesters and one dog stood outside
the plant holding signs decrying factory farming and
calling for a cruelty-free Thanksgiving. The protest
was organized by Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, a
farm-animal protection group , and Rocky Mountain
The air was so cold, you could see the protesters’
But a little suffering and shivering on the part of
humans was tolerated Saturday in light of what
protesters called the brutality and violence of the
slaughtering process at the ConAgra plant.
Chris Jones, another activist, said turkeys often are
skinned or boiled alive and are kept in extremely
dense, inhumane quarters until slaughter.
“Their only breath of fresh air is on their way to the
slaughterhouse,” he said, before holding his sign
higher as a passing car honked in approval.
Jones compared the conditions factory-farmed turkeys
live in to the Holocaust and slavery.
“We’re definitely not pulling punches or mincing
words,” Jones said.
The turkeys are pumped with antibiotics, according to
the protesters, which can be harmful to human health.
“It’s not only bad for the turkey’s health, but for
the people ingesting the meat,” Dacus said.
ConAgra national spokesman Bob McKeon disputed the
accusations and said the company is committed to the
humane treatment of turkeys. He further explained that
the plant follows guidelines that comply with industry
standards for slaughtering turkeys, adding that
inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are
at the plant every day.
“Regarding the protesters, we do not agree with their
position, but they have a right to protest,” McKeon
The plant makes processed lunch meat and does not
process whole birds used in Thanksgiving feasts.
Other options for the big meal, though less popular
than turkey, do exist. The activists recommend a
pastry-wrapped nut loaf or a vegetable pot pie in
place of a turkey on the table.
Some of these alternatives are gaining popularity as
Paul Cervantes, grocery supervisor at Whole Foods on
Pearl Street in Boulder, said the store had an
increase in sales of non-meat products like Tofurkey
in Unturkey from 2002 to 2003. This year’s off to a
slow start, he said, but Thanksgiving still is a week
and a half away.