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Is Turkey Bowling Good Sport?

by Steven Doyle

Tonight is historically a big drinking night, and who could blame the single masses for trekking out the day before their annual family gathering that often can prove exacerbating. On the up-tick, you will also find other singles while sampling your favorite libation.

Also, while roaming the city you will see your share of activities such as Turkey Bowling. This is a ‘sport’ using a frozen turkey as a ball with the goal to knock over ten pins.

The game is quite popular with bars all competing for the late night Thanksgiving Eve crowd. The sport even has its own lingo such as setting a ‘fowl line’ and breaking a 7-10 spit fondly termed a ‘wishbone’.   

For those wanting to get their game on you have no shortage of places to look in Dallas. Try Three Sheets on Ross Avenue where the games begin at 10pm and will lubricated with shots of Wild Turkey.

Another bar hosting the turkey challenge tonight includes Duke’s Original Roadhouse, which incidentally will be open Thanksgiving day. A great way to watch the games and avoid any family brouhaha.

At initial glance the turkey tossing seems harmless and even fun, but one Dallas resident doesn’t think it is good sport.

Nora Kramer, the local representative at Mercy for Animals has this to say, “While turkey bowling may seem to some like harmless fun, imagine if instead of a turkey carcass contestants were using a frozen puppy or kitten as a bowling ball. Turkeys might not be considered as cute or cuddly as dogs or cats, but they have the same capacity to experience pain and suffering.”

It has been suggested that the bars look to large plastic turkeys that are available for the annual event.

“Give turkeys something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and choose healthy, humane and turkey-free ways to celebrate the season,” added Kramer.

The hunger and homeless aspect also makes the practice seem a bit unsettling and sends a message of waste in these terrible economic times when millions are barely surviving. We are all for a great time, but this is one gimmick we will pass on.


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