Protesters say ‘pass on the poultry this Thanksgiving’
Date: Friday, November 19 @ 11:52:46 EST
Topic: Your activism in action

**note** 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 blood.”

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 Animal Defense.

The air was so cold, you could see the protesters’ breath.

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 said.

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 vegetarianism grows.

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.

This article comes from Carrot Juice

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