Written by PETA
Keen to try some roasted
puppy leg or a freshly carved puppy breast? A new billboard PETA is trying to place
outside public schools across the country ahead of Thanksgiving
should certainly give children and their parents not only the shivers but also some
important food for thought:
Turkey: © iStockphoto.com/James Steidl • Dog: © iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselée
are gentle, inquisitive animals who enjoy music and like to have their feathers
stroked, but turkeys raised
are kept in crowded, dark sheds where the ammonia from their accumulated waste
burns their skin. At slaughterhouses,
turkeys are slammed upside down into shackles and dragged through electrified
water. Many birds have their throats slit while they're still conscious and
able to feel pain.
Stuffing kids (or
anyone) with turkey is also bad
for their health:
In addition to artery-clogging fat and cholesterol, they also could be gobbling up arsenic,
which is used to combat disease on filthy factory farms. Other dangers of eating turkey include
contracting listeria, salmonella,
or campylobacter bacteria,
which cause millions of cases of food-borne illness each year.
Kids can learn more about how to "love
animals, not eat them" at the PETA Kids or peta2
websites. Adults who want to quit cruelty cold turkey this Thanksgiving can
check out Gardein's delicious vegan holiday recipes
and enter to win a free vegan Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk'y
on our Living
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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