This isn’t the sort of post I like to write, but I feel some sort of obligation to, if it would make even one person re-think what they are eating this Thanksgiving (and every other day of the year…).
Did you know that:
300 million turkeys are slaughtered each year in the U.S. for human consumption, 45 million of those for Thanksgiving.
The vast majority of these birds come from factory farms.
They are all conceived through artifical insemination because these turkeys are so genetically manipulated that they cannot reproduce naturally.
An average naturally raised turkey for meat would weigh 17 pounds, but factory farmed turkeys weigh an average of 28.
They grow so rapidly due to unnatural diets, growth hormones, and genetic modification that many die because their organs can’t handle the rapid growth – but the profit from the fatter birds is great enough to make up for these deaths.
The turkeys are often kept in filthy, crowded, stressful conditions – the more birds they can pack into a space, the more money the companies make.
To keep the birds from killing each other while they’re packed in so tight, parts of their toes and beaks are cut off, without any pain relief of course.
Turkeys are not included in the Humane Slaughter Act, so there are no regulations on how they are killed. Their throats are cut while they’re still conscious, and if this doesn’t kill them they’re boiled alive in the feather removal process.
You can watch a short video about turkeys live and die to become food on PETA’s site.
But all that I’ve written isn’t just b.s. from some radical activists at PETA – the growing and slaughtering methods are well documented and the factory farms don’t deny it.
If you can watch that video and still feel good about giving your money to support factory farms, still look forward to eating those animals, then more power to you.
If not, please consider going meat free this Thanksgiving or at least look into buying your turkey from a local farmer who raises and kills the animals with some compassion for their lives.