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Are fowl fair game?

Sarah Palin pardons a turkey

Something like 2 1/2 million people have watched one YouTube version or another of the latest stupefying Sarah Palin video.

She didn't get elected to a job anywhere near the White House, but she did deliver a presidential-like pardon to one Alaskan turkey for Thanksgiving -- while, behind her, other turkeys were being slaughtered.

Of those 2 million plus, how many were utterly horrified at the gory spectacle? And of the multitudes of horrified, how many will be be chowing down this Thursday on turkey?

Inquiring vegetarians want to know.

-- Patt Morrison

Morrison's column appears Thursdays in The Times.

Photo: Robert DeBerry/Associated Press

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I'm one of the people who watched it. A vegetarian for 32 years, family and friends alerted me that Gov. Palin may inadvertently have helped the cause. We all know that it's more efficient, green, and humane not to eat meat, and she really demonstrated the latter point. While I love the idea of giving thanks once a year, I never have appreciated the kiling aspect of the holiday and always feel bad for the turkeys who were raised just to suffer (fowl being bred in ways that maximize choice cuts but make them unhealthy).

Personally, I'll enjoy mashed potatoes and turnips, greens, bread, pie, and wine on Thursday; a friend and I just served his Mexican lasagna at our Wintershelter, and no one seemed to mind the lack of meat with all the cheese, beans, rice etc.

I'm not a Sarah Palin fan, but at least she knows how food gets to her family dinner table. What is so shocking about her location at a turkey farm?

I'm a city person (L.A.) and never grew up on a farm. I've lived a few years, and seen some sentiments come and go over the years. And it never made sense to me why anyone never gave any thought about where their food came from. You have to slaughter a beef steer for your hamburger, a pig for your bacon or ham, and a turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner. And you eat chicken eggs for your breakfast, as well as killing the same chickens to eat healthy meat.

You also have to destroy whole ecosystems of plant and animal communities to grow crops for human consumption. Agricultural acreage covers huge areas of land. We humans eat lots of different plants for our food diet. We're not picky about what we eat that comes from plants. We like our many different choices.

Face it. We are omnivores, eating about anything that crosses our real and figurative path. We don't plan on going hungry to satisfy someone's tender sensibilties. I think we all need to return to the reality of who we are in terms of our food consumption. This is the food we eat, this is what we do to grow it, and this is what it costs the animals and plants to feed us.

I do not believe in being wasteful, nor in overeating to self-indulge myself. I believe in conservation greenbelts to protect all plant and animal communities in which I share this planet. I also think it is prudent to create agricultural preserves to protect our most fertile soil areas.

One solution to human global impact is clustering our living areas to the least productive regions in terms of animal and plant life. We could live underground, and leave the surface earth area to more endangered plant and animal species. We would cut our carbon footprint, and use much less energy.

Does anyone remember or care what a pardon is ? Wikipedia: A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the penalty associated with it. What crime could possibly have been committed by the turkeys in question (or any turkey) that might warrant a pardon ? People who distort the moral scenario by their thinking and self-righteous talk of "pardoning" turkeys could indeed be pardoned, but I'm not sure that they should be.


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