thanksgiving weirdness

Does anyone else find it bizarre and unsettling that live turkeys are a symbol of thanksgiving? How about anthropomorphic turkey mascots? What do these ridiculous characters have to do with the noble birds whose lives are sacrificed for human indulgence? This is how our culture shows our gratitude? Ok, now that my little rant is out of the way: this weekend was awesome. My celebration of thanksgiving included new friends and old friends; dancing; laughing; dhal & papadum; a long walk to my favorite spot in all of Vancouver; and waffles. I am grateful.