tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post690010458176436306..comments2014-10-09T19:58:10.872-05:00Comments on On the Banks of Squaw Creek: Thanksgiving Turkey: Part 2–How to Roast a Turkey and the Butterball Turkey Abuse VideoKatie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creekhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11530237661834412493noreply@blogger.comBlogger8125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-28418510138695389312012-11-16T21:04:56.378-06:002012-11-16T21:04:56.378-06:00Hi Victoria, I&#39;m not sure about the water bei...Hi Victoria,<br /><br />I&#39;m not sure about the water being injected. That is something that would happen after they leave our farm. I will check into it, though.Katie Olthoffhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11530237661834412493noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-12371724973733525212012-11-16T19:39:03.891-06:002012-11-16T19:39:03.891-06:00This was such a wonderful post Katie and very info...This was such a wonderful post Katie and very informative. I&#39;ve wondered for a long time why chicken breasts can tend to be so huge now! Thank you so much for your explanation. <br /><br />I&#39;d love it if you could post something pertaining to water being injected into poultry. I definitely notice that some whole chickens I buy end up not having much meat on them, then another brand will have tons of meat. Is it just salt water they inject to make it weigh more, therefore we pay more?<br /><br />I love turkey though and, the reality is, most of the population still eats meat and will continue to!Victoriahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14871388473674516955noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-90389250898061097372012-11-16T17:47:00.547-06:002012-11-16T17:47:00.547-06:00Oh, and any other questions, please ask!!!Oh, and any other questions, please ask!!!Katie Olthoffhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11530237661834412493noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-10915350783024770292012-11-16T17:46:19.198-06:002012-11-16T17:46:19.198-06:00Hi! Thank you so much for your comment. You&#39;...Hi!<br /><br />Thank you so much for your comment. You&#39;re right...at the end of the video, Mercy for Animals encourages people to choose a vegetarian option for Thanksgiving. They are unabashedly trying to put an end to animal agriculture.<br /><br />And I fully support your choice to buy local, so that you know what practices the farmer follows. That&#39;s why I&#39;m trying to share with EVERYONE how big farms like ours really work, so that they can have the same confidence wherever they buy meat.<br /><br />I need to clear up one thing, though...giving poultry added hormones has been illegal for decades. The reason turkey (and chicken) breasts are so large has to do with traditional breeding. Scientists have bred large breasted birds with other large breasted birds repeatedly, until we have our current flock of super-large breasted birds! This was done to meet the great demand for lean, white breast meat.<br /><br />One more thing, we DO snuggle those turkey chicks. :) They&#39;re adorable. And that&#39;s why we take such great care of them until they go to market. We know what their purpose is from the beginning, and we try to make sure they&#39;re as comfortable as can be until they serve their purpose. :)Katie Olthoffhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11530237661834412493noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-20510073448118670722012-11-16T16:59:19.004-06:002012-11-16T16:59:19.004-06:00Also, I have to point out that I would snuggle one...Also, I have to point out that I would snuggle one of those turkey chicks in a moment, and that, right there, is why I am not a farmer. It takes a special person to coddle and raise animals for the purpose of being food. chimeshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00061813649289820255noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-74543284736950888732012-11-16T16:57:57.936-06:002012-11-16T16:57:57.936-06:00Thanks for sharing this. I think there are a lot o...Thanks for sharing this. I think there are a lot of propaganda tapes about animal rights out there, and most of them probably come from somebody/somebodies who think that EATING animals is cruel, so obviously they&#39;re out to try to make the rest of the population think that some sort of ill treatment is happening along the process. <br /><br />I&#39;m personally a pescatarian (fish only) — mostly. But it has nothing to do with the treatment of animals. I am a little freaked out about hormones in my food after getting a chicken breast where one half was more than twice the size of the other. So I still eat meat from time to time, but I make a point to get the meat from a local farm where I know what practices they follow. Not to say that a farmer that uses hormones and antibiotics is bad — just that I *personally* don&#39;t want to eat their products. chimeshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00061813649289820255noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-59117829643287398552012-11-16T14:43:57.836-06:002012-11-16T14:43:57.836-06:00These tapes bother me as much as the next person, ...These tapes bother me as much as the next person, but I&#39;m also annoyed by the sweeping generalization we&#39;re all supposed to make from it. I look at it this way: there are people out there who want to abuse animals, who like it. Sad but true. If possible, they are going to get jobs where they can do so. Sometimes they will get caught quickly and fired, sometimes they won&#39;t. They are not the norm and to suggest that they are or that every animal farm must be like that shows an almost comic misunderstanding of farming, economics and human nature. Jessicahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17897718251146316249noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2857161791109887176.post-52043719588014518492012-11-16T11:02:34.691-06:002012-11-16T11:02:34.691-06:00Well said! You are such a great advocate for the t...Well said! You are such a great advocate for the turkey industry! Pretty convenient timing on MFA - curious how long they&#39;ve been holding on to that video.Hoosier Farm Babehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07568958306591873982noreply@blogger.com