Rescued Baby Turkey Is Inseparable From His Chicken Best Friends

For Immediate Release:
November 8, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Mayflower the turkey was found at a Pennsylvania auction, about to be shipped off to slaughter—but in a stroke of luck, he was rescued and will now be safe forever. He was smaller than Lucy and Ethel, the two chickens he went to roost with at his new home. But as a new PETA video released today shows, he’s now huge—more than twice their size—although the inseparable trio still do everything together, including cuddling up for naps, foraging in the grass, and enjoying fresh fruits and veggies.

“Mayflower was saved before he could end up as a Thanksgiving table centerpiece, and he inspires us to work hard to spare other lovable birds just like him who are waiting for their lucky break this year,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA hopes this turkey’s sweet story will inspire people to choose delicious vegan meals for the holidays and all year round.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—has posted more details about Mayflower’s rescue story here.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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