Double down objectification: turkey bowling

Thanks to national geographic for the photo of a living turkey

An advertisement for Turkey bowling jumped out at me today.  I said the words aloud to see if they made any more sense: “Turkey bowling.  Turkey bowling.”  Hmm, not really.

A local casino is offering a promotion where punters attempt to throw a frozen turkey down a makeshift bowling alley.  Huh?

Easy enough to explain: animals become objects when killed.  To insulate reflection against the ethics of the dead animal erupting, humans are encouraged to treat the newly-deceased animal as a stand-in for some other object.   Reflection about the mass slaughter of turkeys is less likely when the turkey becomes the bowling ball.


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