While neither Diestel or the company’s attorneys would comment during the lawsuit, a company newsletter said questioned DxE motives: “None of our packaging labels claim that the birds are ‘free range’ or ‘humane. It is important to understand that the mission of animal activist groups like DxE is not farm animal welfare, but a total end to animal agriculture and meat consumption. While DxE will never support turkey farming, for those that do, Diestel strives to be a choice that our customers can feel proud to stand behind.” The letter also disputed that Diestel turkeys were raised in bad conditions..
But the parallels are not that clear. There are links between heroin, opioid, and methamphetamine use and violent crime. But a link between the two does not mean that one causes the other, researchers caution. However, there remains a gap in knowledge with regard to the educational factors that might have contributed to the cultivation of the individual’s moral character.Adopting a social constructionist paradigm and assuming knowledge and understanding as relational and co constructed through shared meaning making this research took a narrative approach and a life history method of inquiry, including individual in depth interviews with a focus group of former students of Sands, a British democratic school. The key method of analysis was developing and comparing portrayals of the participants’ narratives of their life journeys, in order to explore and identify a typology of their courses of action in everyday life, in relation to their moral character and how they have understood the impact of their school experiences on the development of their moral character.The data show a strong overlap in the participants’ understandings of what has enabled their capacity to practice and enact moral character in everyday life. This has been contributed to by three key factors in their schooling and educational experiences which seemingly remain relevant and even supportive to their pursuing on going meaningful living: (a) having the freedom to explore and express who one really is as a person, (b) having the opportunity to take responsibility for one’s own life, (c) becoming aware that there is always an option or choice in any situation, thus one has the ability to enact change in one’s life.The key finding of this inquiry is that all three identified factors are anchored in the school’s commitment to itself as a personal learning community and the democratic pedagogy of freedom.