Raising turkeys to eat contrary to compassion

Are these two behaviors not a bit conflicting?

Raising turkeys to eat contrary to compassion

Raising turkeys to eat contrary to compassion

I am writing to you in response to Sarah Simpson’s column “Efforts to save turkeys showed big hearts”.

In a time when there is so much discord in the world it surely is heart warming to read about an example of, what I consider, the best in humanity: our compassionate side. There is no question our natural inclination to care for our fellow beings’ suffering elevates us to a more meaningful existence.

However, I find it odd that we, on the other hand, purchase the same animals in question for our palatable pleasure. Every year, approximately 10 million turkeys are raised and slaughtered after five to six months in Canada.

We are creatures of habit, I know, but are these two behaviors not a bit conflicting? If we are to celebrate our good deeds, how does killing fit within our compassionate efforts to protect?

Monica Armour

Cobble Hill