As Barack Obama prepares to pardon the presidential turkey—CNN is counting down the hours as I type—it’s a good day to read Magnus Fiskejö’s account of what happens to the bird after it receives its freedom:
The birds are then, in proverbial fashion, said to live happily ever after. In reality, however, they are usually killed within a year and stand-in turkeys are supplied. This goes on year after year. The chosen birds are killed because they have been engineered and packed with hormones to the point that they are unfit for any other purpose than their own slaughter and consumption.
Thanksgiving rituals: not just a link to the American past, but a glimpse of the dystopian America to come! Enjoy the long weekend, everyone.
Bonus link: What happens to the turkeys after they die? They’re buried at Mount Vernon. Say…didja ever get the feeling that this isn’t the real reality, and that we actually live in a heavy-handed metaphor?