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‘True American Original’ Murdered

Written by PETA | May 25, 2011

Do you like to listen to music, sing, and be affectionate? So do turkeys. Do you exercise, worry about your appearance, and sometimes play favorites with people? So do turkeys. If you have children, do you love them and fiercely protect them from danger? So do turkeys.

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But unlike us, turkeys raised for food will never get to do any of these things. These sensitive birds, whom Ben Franklin deemed “true American originals,” will be crammed inside crowded, windowless sheds and bred to grow so fat that many become crippled or die of heart attacks. Most will have parts of their beaks or toes cut off without pain relief. At five or six months old, they will be thrown into a truck and driven through all weather extremes to the slaughterhouse. There, they will be slammed upside down into shackles and dragged through a “stunning” bath to immobilize them (but not necessarily render them unconscious) before their throats are cut. Some birds are still conscious when they are dunked in hot defeathering tanks and are scalded to death.

Do you wish this wasn’t the case? So do turkeys.  Let World Week for the Abolition of Meat inspire you to make every day “Turkey Day” by leaving these birds off your plate.
Written by Michelle Sherrow

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    la crueldad de los hombres hacia los animales no tiene limites .

  • bubblz198725 says:

    Omg I cryed so hard poor turkys i now vow not to eat turky again or chicken for that matter i cant really eat meat cause of my jaw but now no more meet those poor animals that get tortured just so we can eat em , they deserve the respect we give ourselves as humans . Animals are not below us they are our equals and friends.

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  • Carla* says:

    Ralpy, why are you even on this forum? Your silly comments and rants are unjustified! This IS an Animal Rights site, remember? Have some compassion and open your mind! We are of a different species and who is to say one species from another is dumb how the heck do you know??

  • Elizabeth Taylor says:

    OMG we live among evil, evil people. You’re right Bob, no amount of money could buy back the souls of these disgusting, heartless monsters.

  • Donna Roitstein says:

    HORRIBLE. I cry too. “Will it find you forgiveness, do you think that it could?…All the money you make will never buy back your soul.” – Bob Dylan

  • AP says:

    I don’t like man. Very, very disturbing.

  • kevin says:

    may God have mercy on these people………

  • Joan of Arc says:

    I dare not wathc the video, knowing full well what these beautiful creatures are subjected to. Thank you PETA for your uncompromised advocacy. I am hopeful that humankind is beginning to understand the deep connection we have with the natural world. I am with you.

  • MA Moo says:

    This leaves me speechless and Vegan. Go Tofurky!

  • me says:

    I started crying when i read this :'(