turkey rights

I read this great little thing on why we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves for “tomorrow” and why it’s so easy to not meet them

Basically, a lot of the time, we envision our present selves as Me, right now. I am in control of her, and I empathize with her. 

But when we set giant, overwhelming expectations for ourselves tomorrow, we view that person as a Stranger. Someone separate from Me who somehow will know how to solve all these issues with ease and no hesitation or burnout.

That’s why a lot of people do things like

  • “Right now I’m having a pack of cigarettes. But tomorrow I’ll start fresh and quit cold turkey.”
  • “Right now my room is a disastrous mess. But tomorrow I’ll clean the whole thing from corner to corner and scrub the floors.”
  • “Right now I don’t feel like doing my project. But tomorrow I’ll write 30 pages.”
  • “Right now I’m going to eat this tub of ice cream. But tomorrow I’ll eat ‘better’.” 
    • **I don’t mean to use this to encourage anyone “dieting” or eating unhealthily, but I feel it’s a super common example that will describe what I’m trying to say.

It’s just too! much! for poor little Tomorrow You to handle. She is not a magically all-capable being. You have to cut her some slack and give her some breathing room.

Now is all that matters. It’s all there is. And that sounds almost false, but keep saying it to yourself. Realize its truth. What is “time” really, but a bunch of “nows” over and over again?

So do a little bit now. Start now. Whether it’s 9 AM or 9 PM. Smoke one less cigarette than you normally would. Put away just your sock drawer. Write a couple sentences. You will thank yourself. And most importantly, you will stop feeling like a failure when you can’t magically change your entire lifestyle just because it’s a new day. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Change takes time. Anything requiring effort takes time. It’s okay to stumble, but don’t leave it all for Future You. Because even though she isn’t here yet, she is no stronger than Present You. You can be strong and better right now, just by trying and taking that first step towards whatever it is you want to do.

This isn’t to say I’ve mastered any of this BTW; it’s just something I read that motivated me so much and made me feel so much more inspired to treat myself properly 

Anonymous said: Could you maybe write something with the smiths and pines families for #26(thanksgiving)

I wasn’t really sure what to write so I opted for illustrating this prompt instead. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!


■ On 28 November 1918, Polish Chief of State Józef Piłsudski signed an electoral law allowing women to vote, which they did for the first time in parliamentary elections in January 1919.

■ The electoral law also allowed Polish women to hold public office.

■ Polish women gained the right to vote sooner than their counterparts in the US, Turkey, United Kingdom and France.


“A heartwarming family recipe that isn’t fucking gross!

On today’s farms, chickens, ducks, and turkeys are abused beyond measure. They’re kept in dark, crowded sheds, and after an awful life, they are hung upside down and have their throats cut at a slaughterhouse.

Don’t make your Thanksgiving obscene. Go vegan!”


Thanksgiving and the Past and Present Atrocities.
Built on the genocide and tragic massacre of an entire people.

A group of English explorers sailed back home to England around 1614 with a ship filled with Patuxet Indians whom were bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox, wiping out nearly all those who had escaped capture. When the pilgrims ended up arriving in Massachusetts Bay they found just one living Patuxet Indian named Squanto who had survived slavery under the English. He negotiated a treaty between the Wampanoag nation and the pilgrims which would bring mutual peace and protection. Unfortunately word spread in England about the lands they considered to be “public domain” and many began arriving by boat. British settlers began to seize the land and captured some Natives for slaves while killing the rest. However the Pequot Nation hadn’t agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had proposed and they fought back. In 1637 more than 700 men, women and children came together for their annual Green Corn festival, at dawn while the Indians slept, English and Dutch mercenaries ordered them to get up and come out. Those who did were shot and many were burned alive. The next day governor Winthrop of Massachusetts Bay declared “a day of thanksgiving” because to him, the massacre of 700 Indians was their “victory.” After this, many colonists continued to attack villages killing thousands of Indians with many also being sold into slavery. Feasts were held after each successful raid up until George Washington suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set instead of celebrating each and every massacre. It later became a legal national holiday.

More than 45 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. just for thanksgiving.
Turkeys spend their short lives cramped in horrible conditions where they end up developing diseases. Many have ammonia-burned eyes, respiratory infections, and ulcerated feet. They are bred to grow so fast and large that they become lame due to their own weight and because they’re incapable of moving properly, turkeys are sexually violated to breed them. The males are assaulted for their semen and the females then become artificially inseminated. Turkeys are painfully debeaked and detoed without any anesthetic at birth. At 12-26 weeks, turkeys are crammed into cages to be shipped to slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, they are strung up by their feet and are stunned by an electrical stunner or ran through an electrified water bath so their feathers are removed more easier. They are conscious for this process. They then have their throats cut. Turkeys are intelligent, sensitive, and highly affectionate animals. They will unfortunately never have the chance to live out their lives with their families.

If you do choose to celebrate thanksgiving please take the time to reflect on the suffering of both past and present atrocities. Honor the memory of the American Indians who were violently killed and who had their freedom taken away from them and reclaim thanksgiving by leaving animals off your plate and by informing others about the truth of this holiday.

20 Amazing Facts That Will Change the Way You Look at Farmed Animals

#1. Pigs are considered the fifth most intelligent animal in the world — even more intelligent than dogs — and are capable of playing video games with even more focus and success than chimps!

#2. Cows have great memories, and can learn and respond to their names.

#3. Chickens are able to recognize over 100 individual faces, not only of their fellow chickens, but also of humans.

#4. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing, and newborn piglets recognize their own names and run to their mothers’ voices.

#5. Sheep wag their tails to show affection.

#6. Chickens use over 200 distinct noises for communication.

#7. Like humans, cows form close friendships. They choose to spend much of their time with two to four preferred companions.

#8. Hens begin communicating with their chicks before they even hatch. When the babies are still inside their shells, the mother hen clucks softly to them and they chirp back.

#9. Chickens pass down knowledge from generation to generation.

#10. Fish eavesdrop on one another to gather information.

#11. Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.

#12. Cows get excited when they solve problems. Upon successfully finding food hidden behind a closed door, their heartbeats go up. Cows also have a similarly happy response to being released after a long period of confinement.

#13. Chickens can empathize with peers in danger, and use their previous experiences to inform decision making.

#14. Cows like to sleep close to their families, and their sleeping arrangements reflect their respective rankings in the social hierarchy.

#15. The cognitive abilities of fish are impressive — they learn faster than dogs!

#16. Crustaceans, such as lobsters and crabs, are able to remember painful stimuli and avoid certain situations based upon negative past experiences. They also form social hierarchies with individuals close to them.

#17. Pigs have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in a specific spot, they’ll remember to look there next time!

#18. Goats communicate with each other by bleating. A mother goat and her baby, or “kid,” will recognize each other’s calls from the moment the baby is born.

#19. Pigs have a sophisticated sense of direction. They can find their way home from huge distances away.

#20. Turkeys enjoy hearing music, and sometimes they’ll chirp along. Next time you’re looking to start a sing-along, consider inviting some feathered friends!