Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pleasurable Kingdom

I'm in the middle of reading Pleasurable Kingdom by Jonathan Balcombe. It is such a refreshingly positive book about the joy and pleasure that animals feel, with so many inspiring little anecdotes. The following, is particularly inspiring because it is about a creature that many people do not hesitate to refer to as dumb or brainless. The timing is great too! Here is a lovely little quote from the book, just before the US Thanksgiving.

"When Joe Hutto, a turkey hunter, lived for a year among a flock of wild turkeys in Florida, he was moved to describe them as his superiors - more alert, sensitive and aware, and vastly more conscious than himself. Hutto concluded that the birds are in love with being alive."

Speaking of US Thanksgiving, check out the Celebration for the Turkeys put on by Farm Sanctuary. Here's the link: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/farm/calendar/celebrations/index.html