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Opinion: They do <i>what</i> to Thanksgiving turkeys before slaughtering them?

Turkey farm
Turkeys stand inside a barn at a turkey farm in Iowa on Aug. 10, 2015.
(Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

To the editor: Peter Singer’s article lists all the reasons I have been vegan for the last 20 years. (“Consider the turkey on Thanksgiving. Specifically, consider not eating it,” Opinion, Nov. 22)

Every Thanksgiving I get together with friends for a vegan potluck. The table is full of delicious vegan dishes, with every variety of food you can imagine. It is a beautiful and bountiful feast.

With a little creativity, we can all enjoy a peaceful holiday meal as delicious and fulfilling as any Thanksgiving celebration and without any animals being abused and killed for our feast.

Laura Frisk, Encinitas

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To the editor: It is appalling that the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not deem it necessary to apply the Humane Slaughter Act to birds. 

The horrific treatment of turkeys as outlined in Singer’s article makes us all less human. 

In my opinion, I believe that the unnatural acts of breeding turkeys performed by factory farm employees borders on beastiality. Absolutely disgusting. 

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Poor creatures.

Ann Hayworth, Cambria

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To the editor: Let Singer’s lesson on Thanksgiving ethics be augmented with one about logic: That turkey (or anything else) is traditional is countered by the observation that the argumentum ad antiquitatem is fallacious.

Jim Johnson, Whittier

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