“Humanely Raised Turkeys” – Is that True?

Article reviewed by Annette Bailey

Translated by Rob English

It may sound pretty good until you visit an actual organic turkey facility. These facilities use labels such as “organic,” “free range,” and “humane.” In reality, these “farms” are inhumane. Some turkeys are bred to genetically gain weight. They have trouble walking and getting around – even becoming lame in two months and then having a hard time getting to their water and food.

The birds are killed upside down, and the one who kills them cuts their necks so that they do not immediately die, but slowly bleed to death. If they were not still alive, the next step would be “too messy.” Their little legs kick as their precious life blood drains out slowly, and it takes “only two minutes to die.” Each second is hell for the bird: two minutes upside down with major arteries sliced is a long time and very violent. The turkeys are fully conscious of what has been done to them and in great pain.

Animals have a will to live. Rather than rob them of this to eat them, people can be very healthy on a plant-based, whole foods diet. Protein can be obtained from many different sources: vegan shakes, nuts, beans, etc. As long as there’s a market for meat, the killing and suffering will go on.

Please consider going vegan or at least moving in that direction. There are many resources, such as, a free “Vegetarian Starter Kit” from Vegan Outreach, 520- 979-3884.

To view information about a healthy diet from Kaiser Permanente, a large Health Maintenance Organization, visit http://tinyurl.com/kpveg123 Click on “Healthy Eating” in the sidebar. Scroll down to “Vegetarian/ Plant-based Diet” and click on it. Then click on “Plant-based Diet Booklet.” A physical copy of “The Plant Based Diet: a Healthier Way to Eat”, an 18 page document, can also be requested from People for Animal Rights, P.O. Box 15358, Syracuse, NY 13215-0358, people4animalrightscny@gmail.com

315-488-PURR (7877) between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Annette’s account is based on a report by Rae Sikora in SATYA magazine, Nov. 2006. Annette is on the board of People for Animal Rights.