The only difference between the turkeys in the video, and my friends Maggie and Jordan below, are that, tragically, these birds were not as lucky as Maggie and Jordan, and were not rescued. Instead they were raised in dark, crowded, ammonia-filled sheds with thousands upon thousands of other birds. Some will have lost the ability to walk as they are encouraged to gain unnatural amounts of weight. Many, will be mercilessly tossed onto trucks, breaking bones in the process, and many, upon reaching the slaughterhouse, will have their throats slit, and their feathers removed while they are fully conscious.
This happens to more than 45 million of these beautiful creatures each year in the name of “giving thanks”.
It is horrific. It is heartbreaking. It is unfair. And above all, it is unnecessary.
You do not need to eat their body parts just because of some holiday tradition. You could celebrate thanksgiving without taking lives. No harm will be-fall you if you show some compassion and chose to give that up. Millions of lives depend on you making this decision. So why not take the road of peace and love? Why not let them live? Why not go vegetarian this Thanksgiving, or better yet, go vegan?!
Kiss turkeys. Love turkeys.
Don’t eat them.