Traitorous Animals: Smug, cannibalistic turkey

I’ve long been goofily amused by advertisements and logos for restaurants or supermarkets that attempt to sell meat by using a depiction of the animal, itself, offering up some of its brothers and sisters for your dining pleasure — clearly a traitor to his/her/its kind. The most frequent violator seems to be a pig shown dressed in a cook’s outfit for the logo or sign of a BBQ place. (Gotta give those Chick-fil-A cows credit for their loyalty to the bovine brotherhood.)

Traitorous Turkey

However, with Thanksgiving coming up, it looks as though traitorous turkeys are coming out of the woodwork. The one above, photographed outside of a Trader Joe’s, is practically smirking as he informs you how to calculate the exact number of his kinfolk you and your family will need to scarf to feel satisfied. Even offering you a fork to do the job right — or is that… wait… Does he have a napkin around his neck? Is he going to eat them himself, right alongside you? What a sicko!

6 thoughts on “Traitorous Animals: Smug, cannibalistic turkey

  1. Mr. Smith, ever think about how the suggestion above relates to how many might eat a Passover lamb, back in the day? Carl Franklin, who raises goats, claims the lamb or kid would weigh 20-30 pounds after being dressed. Of course a lot of that would be bone, but some ENFP-style, “I read it in a book somewhere” vague memory suggests up to ten people would eat such a lamb at Passover…

    And if they ever make a lamb advertise the consumption of lamb or mutton, I’m going to hit something. 😛

  2. Norbert

    And here I thought the cannibalistic behavior of numerous animals was in their present nature.

    In a real sense, any farmer who keeps chickens and finds out one of them is responsible for killing and cannibalising other chickens; that chicken will be the next one on the dinner plate. Cows are no exception either when one of them is responsible for just killing other cows. Give us our daily bread may not always occur under picturesque circumstances.

    I’m wondering how much Mickey Mouse and his side kick Goofy play a role in shaping our views, when it comes to drawing analogies between humans and animals.

  3. Norbert, I wonder more how much our sheer distancing from farm life, or from wildlife, shapes our views. Someone who grows up close to nature will see anthropomorphic fantasy for what it is: “archetypical”, and not to be taken too seriously. I had the benefit of growing up in a place (I just went back there for a visit after 40 years and the following is no longer nearly so true there) where one could experience the best of both worlds, the natural world and the world of man. So when I learned about predation, parasites, cannibalism and much else in this cursed world – when I learned that the animal kingdom IS cursed and Satan above all of it and with it – it was no trouble at all to separate the cartoons from the reality.

    Every child, and especially every child strong in making value-based judgments, is shocked when first encountering “nature red in tooth and claw”, but “early exposure helps build immunity” to the shock. I will never LIKE what nature goes through presently but I don’t let that dislike cloud my judgment about it.

    I did think of your first point when I saw Mr. Smith’s post but decided to let others raise it. You came through splendidly.

  4. Norbert

    John W, stuff like traitor Joe up there looks like he falls under one of those “all things are lawful” until they are Not categories. My personal take, because of the way the topic is presented: I find it a wee bit fascinating and with the added time I spent thinking about yesterday. It also maybe the present viewpoints of people tend to shape anthropomorphic fantasies (not that I would of ever thought using those two words 🙂 ), similar to the idea of people get the government they deserve.

    It just maybe by using a cartoon to sell turkeys, is to allow the many consumers to re-connect with their care free childhood. When some of us took for granted having available 3/4 lbs of turkey on our plate, without knowing all the blood, guts and mess that is needed to go through to get it there.

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