‘My Life as a Turkey’

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Everyone who tuned in to PBS last night for the premiere of My Life as a Turkey was treated to a fascinating glimpse into the lives of animals who are often seen as little more than Thanksgiving centerpieces. The film follows Joe Hutto as he raises 16 turkeys, left on his porch as eggs, from hatchlings to adulthood.

Watching the turkeys form an intense bond with their “mother,” Joe, and seeing them grow, learn, and interact would make the staunchest carnivore think twice about calling these sensitive, intelligent birds “dinner.”

Watch My Life as a Turkey and click here to enter to win the DVD and the book that inspired it. And check out PETA’s recipes for a turkey-friendly Thanksgiving smorgasbord on our Living page.

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