17 Reasons to Pass on Turkey This Year

1. Three hundred million turkeys are killed in the U.S. each year, many for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
wild turkeys

2. Baby turkeys start their lives in huge incubators such as this one.
turkey chicks

3. They will never see their mothers.
turkeys heat lamp

4. After a few weeks, they are crammed with thousands of other birds into massive, windowless sheds.
turkey warehouse

5. On many farms, workers treat birds however they want.
turkey neck break

6. And this is what they’ve been found to do.
turkey head stomp

7. Parts of turkeys’ toes and beaks are cut off—without painkillers.
turkey debeaking

8. Turkeys are fed, drugged, and genetically manipulated to grow as large and as quickly as possible.
crippled turkey

9. In 1970, the average turkey weighed 17 pounds. Today, turkeys average 28 pounds.

Some turkeys’ bodies can’t handle the extra weight, so their legs break beneath them.
crippled turkey

10. At around 5 months, turkeys are sent to the slaughterhouse.

In the wild, they can live to be 10 years old.
turkey truck

11. The trucks that take them to slaughter sometimes crash.
food truck accident

12. When that happens, turkeys who live through the trauma are just loaded onto another truck.
turkey transport truck crash

13. At the slaughterhouse, turkeys are hung upside down by their legs.

Their fragile legs often break during the process.
turkey shackled

14. Then they are electrocuted …
turkeys electrified

15. … their throats are slit …
turkey throat slit

16. … and they are dunked in scalding-hot water.

Many turkeys aren’t properly stunned and are scalded to death in these tanks.
turkey scalding water

17. This is modern turkey farming.

Give turkeys something to be thankful for!

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