More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality

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This scholarly and authoritative book examines the cultural and literal history, as well as the natural history and biological needs and concerns of turkeys. Davis explores how turkeys came to be seen as birds who were not only the epitome of failure or stupidity but also the suitable centerpiece of the celebration of freedom in America itself—Thanksgiving. She examines the many varieties of turkeys and uncovers the methods by which millions of turkeys are raised, fattened, and slaughtered on farms around America today.

Davis takes us back to European folklore about turkeys, the myths, fairytales, and downright lies told about turkeys and their habits and habitats. She shows how turkeys in the wild have complex lives and family units, and how they were an integral part of Native American and continental cultures and landscape before the Europeans arrived.

Finally, Davis draws conclusions about our paradoxical, complex, and "bestial" relationship not just with turkeys, but with all birds, and thus with all other animals. She examines how our treatment of animals shapes our other values about ourselves, our relationship with other human beings, and our attitude toward the land, nation, and the world.

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Karen Davis, Ph.D. is the founder and President of United Poultry Concerns. She has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland-College Park where she taught for 12 years in the English Department. She is the author of A Home for Henny; Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless ‘Poultry’ Potpourri; Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (Lantern Books 2001). She is also the author of The Holocaust and the Henmaid's Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities (Lantern Books 2005).

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Challenges all Americans to think about the values they want their annual family ritual to embody. -- Peter Singer, DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University; author, Animal Liberation

I very much like this book for its sensitivity, its well-researched cultural history, its honesty and probing qualities. -- Gisela Kaplan, Full Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

This is the kind of book that we need more of.... Davis cuts through the pyramid of lies. -- Jim Mason, VegNews , July/August 2002

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