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About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and...  (More)

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Uploaded: Nov 26, 2015
I bought a pre-cooked turkey breast for dinner. So either there's a turkey recovering from breast reduction surgery, or the poor bird was parted out to make dinner for several different people or families.

I did not eat the turkey breast today because I bought a large pizza last night and had so much left over this morning that I did not have room for turkey or the usual Thanksgiving dinner. Since the turkey breast is hermetically sealed in plastic wrap, it should last another day or two when I'm ready to make my real Thanksgiving dinner.

If you didn't have turkey on Turkey Day, there are several flocks of wild turkeys roaming around San Ramon. I've actually had to dodge them with my truck while they were crossing the street. I wondered if they were worth hitting for a free turkey dinner. They are skinny birds and look very tough, but these were probably the original turkeys eaten by the Pilgrims.

I just read an article online on Why We Don't Eat Turkey Eggs. The main answer is they are very expensive. However, if you could find where our wild turkeys are laying their eggs, you could probably take them for free.

Now of course we have farm raised turkeys that have been genetically modified to grow big breasts. Animal activists oppose this trend because it makes the turkeys very uncomfortable. I am an animal activist. I support organizations that rescue dogs and cats, horses and donkeys, and even parrots, but not chickens and turkeys.

There's a war going on between bird supporters and feral cat rescuers. I support the cats. Cat rescue groups put out traps to catch the cats and have them spayed or neutered. Then the cats are returned to their original location. One ear is notched to show the cat has been neutered. This is called TNR, Trap, Neuter, and Return. Since the cats cannot breed, they will eventually grow old and die, and the birds will be safe.

Of course it would take a few years for the cats to die off, but feral cats do not live as long as house cats. Years ago my cats lived to be around 11 or 12. I had one that lived to 15 and I thought that was very old for a cat. Now pampered cats can live into their mid-twenties. But feral cats live only half as long, and their reputation as bird eaters is undeserved.

One of my prior cats was a hunter. I never saw him go after birds. He caught mice and rats and one time a squirrel. Birds are not worth the bother to most outdoor cats. They will only kill a baby that has fallen out of the nest and would die anyway.

So on Thanksgiving, bird lovers and cat lovers should all get along and be thankful for what we have. I hope everyone reading this blog had a happy Thanksgiving and have many things to be thankful for.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

Thanks, Phil, I didn't catch that. Of course it should say "pampered."


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 1, 2015 at 10:01 am

Thank You for your post disgusting. I also love animals and value their lives.

Posted by Humanity Dick Martin (look me up), a resident of another community,
on Dec 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

One of the tragic ongoing ironies of animal activists is that they tend to dissipate their energies fighting each other, instead of addressing actual animal problems.

Here we have an example, where Roz is attacked by 'disgusting,' who is a very angry bird indeed.

My view is that if opposition to factory farming is your cause (and it's a very worthy one, I think), then Roz is really not the enemy who matters. Why not thank her for her work with companion animals, and go after Big Ag with a zealous vengeance? THEY deserve your wrath much more so than any individual consumer -- or even a crazy cat lady. ;-)

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Dec 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

I do support organizations that rescue animals from factory farms and puppy mills with donations a couple of times a year. Factory farming has nothing to do with the treatment of feral cats.

If "disgusting" is as disgusting as he/she says he/she is to feral cats, I shall forward his/her ISP address to local police and animal protection organization to track this person down and put them in prison where they belong.


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