LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: They may be on their way to die, but they don’t need to suffer

letter to the editor

Every time I see a semi-truck loaded with turkeys, blasting down the highway in the middle of a freezing night here in Dubois County, without a covering to protect the birds from the agony of the biting 60 mph wind chill, on their way to the slaughterhouse, many things are confirmed to me, besides the fact that Americans living in the so-called “heartland” are just as cruel as any terrorist gang in a Third World country.

One being that the “good Christians” of Indiana who never make a peep about this cruelty, are a thoughtless phony lot, and are not bothered one bit by the horrendous suffering of these birds.

Two, the people who make profits from the turkey slaughter industry and fill their bank accounts as a result of this torture, are too tight with their money to buy and use insulated trailer covers that would shield the turkeys from the freezing torture.

Three, the lawmakers that get elected in the state of Indiana, that could make laws that make the turkey industry use protective trailer covers that would help shield these birds from this torment, are themselves as cold and heartless.

If anyone thinks that it’s silly nonsense to care about these animals suffering in the freezing cold, do a little test. Sometime, when it is near zero degrees and the ground is frozen, stand on the back of a pickup and have someone drive you from one end of your county to the other at 55 miles an hour and see if it matters to you then.

See how you hold up. I suspect your macho attitude will last about 200 yards at most.

But then again, if there was a law that said the turkey industry had to cover the trailers of birds in the cold, I do not think any cops in Indiana would bother to pull over the lawbreakers because I suspect that any business that can make a donation to a police benefit gets a free pass.

It’s very hard to get humans to do the right thing, especially when they profit from not doing the right thing, but we can all easily do the right thing and boycott buying turkey.

— Shane Zoglman, Huntington

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