Interview With a Turkey

Juliette Saiz

The month of November gives students nationwide some time off to celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday is rich in lore and symbolism. It includes a large meal filled with varieties of food like stuffing, potatoes, macaroni cheese, pie and most familiar, the turkey. Our parents buy turkeys at grocery stores that receive them from farmers. We should be thankful for the farmers that harvest the wonderful turkey, but have you ever thought to thank the turkey? Do you even care about the turkey’s feelings? Well maybe this interview will convince you to care more.

I went down to Charleston Family Farm and spoke to the main farmer James Charleston. James tells me the farm has two main turkeys that breed to give them a full stock. It takes 18 weeks for the turkeys to become the thirty-eight pounds requirement for the market. “I do like to fatten them up a little more though” James told me with a laugh. When I asked him which turkey he thinks would be the best to interview he introduced me to Boscco.

Long-legged with extremely vibrant feathers, Boscco is the talkative one of the flock. When I introduced myself, he pecked at my hand which I’m told is the same gesture as a handshake. When I asked him how he was feeling about this season (as in harvest season) he told me, “Gobble gobble gobble, gobble gobble!” He didn’t sound so excited, sort of yelled at me. I apologized for offending him and offered the corn James gave me to keep Boscco talking.

I wanted to talk to him about what it is like knowing that you are bred for an important reason, but he started to run in a circle. James told me to offer more corn and he was right, it convinced Boscco to answer my questions. “Gobble, gobble, gobble! Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble?” He told me this in a tone that made me feel sympathetic. After that response, I knew that this interview was no longer about the tradition, but more of how the harvesting saddens the turkeys.

He began to tell me how he missed some of the kindest turkeys in his flock, “Gobble gobble gobble gobble.” It made me wonder if this was common so I went around trying to find someone else that would be willing to talk. That’s when I met Miles, a plain-looking turkey that was nothing special. When I asked if he wanted felt sad knowing he was going to be taken away from his flock he went on a big rant bringing up how “gobble gobble gobble gobble.” This was a statement that saddened me deeply. The tone of his voice caused me to tear up, and I no longer could finish the interviews.

In conclusion, I think it should be known that it saddens some of the turkeys when we cook them. They have a playful life on the farm and learn to love the others. We take them away from that, and it is unfair. We should take into consideration the turkeys’ feelings from now on when we decide to sit down for the big feast on Thanksgiving. Maybe try a ham because no one likes pigs.


*Disclaimer: This is a joke piece. I am not a vegan. I do not care what you eat.