And Our Prayer for the Week from Judy Carman
Turkeys Need Our Love More Than Ever as Holidays Draw Near.
Last year I attended a county Farm Tour of local farms that claim the
oxymoronic “humane” label. As I mentioned in my prayer circle last
year, the local store selling the Vesecky Farm turkeys referred to their lives
at Vesecky as “social justice for turkeys.” The truth, of course,
is just the opposite. The farmer buys newly hatched turkeys through the mail
each spring. Some arrive dead. None have ever seen their suffering mothers or
fathers. I asked the farmer, “Does it make you sad to know they are going
to be killed.” “No,” he chuckled, “That’s when I
get paid.” So much for “social justice.” On a brighter note,
however, I recently discovered that a “game bird” salesman was
shutting down his business of raising turkeys, quails, and pheasants for
hunters to buy and shoot. We were able to rescue all the birds who were left.
We took the pheasants and quails to a wildlife rehabilitation center last week.
They will be released to freedom soon in a well-protected habitat. We will move
the wild turkeys next week to the same place to be evaluated and then set free
to be the true wild turkeys they have always been in their hearts. So while so
many turkeys are suffering terrible pain and terror as they are sent by the
millions to slaughter, there are a few who are finding freedom and blazing the
trail for all turkeys to one day be free. .
Prayer for the Week for Turkeys and the People Whose Souls are
Suffering: We give thanks for the children’s book ‘Twas
the Night Before Thanksgiving and for the film Free Birds. Both the book and
film teach children that turkeys do not want to be sacrificed for a dinner that
should be a celebration of life, not death. We hold in our hearts the knowledge
that there is still time for some farmers to awaken to the violence they are
inflicting on innocent turkeys. There is still time for millions of people to
decide that requiring someone to die in order for them to give thanks can only
lead to a great suffering of the soul There is still time for our prayers and
our focused thoughts to encircle all turkeys with tender love and comfort. We
long to save them all and to stop this madness driven by greed, ignorance, and
unquestioned traditions. Our hearts are heavy as we feel the suffering that you
are enduring, dear turkeys. Please forgive us, for we have not yet stopped the
violence against you. But know this: you will not be forgotten, and your deaths
will not be in vain. Our love goes with you and our voices rise up to speak for
you and your children, and we will not be silenced. We will pray and act boldly
until this senseless war against you is over, and you will once again live as
free and joyful birds. May future Thanksgivings and holiday traditions be
celebrations of Life and Love and Freedom for all beings everywhere. May Divine
Wisdom, the animals’ grace, and our true hearts guide us toward ahimsa,
peace, liberation, and lovingkindness for all.
As always, I send my thanks to each of you, dear Prayer Circle members, for
joining this circle of compassion and shining the Light of Truth for all to
see, so that one day soon, all beings will live in peace together. Our prayers
for all animals continue to circle the earth, to uplift humanity’s
consciousness, and to bless the animals themselves. Thank you for joining
people around the world who are praying these weekly prayers as well as the
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy Carman, and greetings from Will,
Madeleine, Tara and the Circle of Compassion team
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