**PLEASE READ THIS TODAY!**
“Top 10 Reasons to Pardon a Turkey This Thanksgiving”
10. If you wouldn’t eat your cat, you shouldn’t eat a turkey. Turkeys are smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings.
9. Factory farms deny turkeys everything that is natural and important to them. In nature, turkeys can fly 55 miles an hour, run 25 miles an hour, and live up to four years. Yet turkeys raised for food are killed when they are only 5 or 6 months old.
8. Turkey consumption might kill you. Turkey flesh is brimming with fat and cholesterol & also frequently tainted with salmonella, campylobacter bacteria, etc...
7. You may stave off bird flu apocalypse. Current factory-farm conditions are breeding grounds for disease.
6. Don’t support their crack habit.
Dosing turkeys with antibiotics to stimulate their growth and to keep them alive in filthy, disease-ridden conditions that would otherwise kill them poses even more risks for people who eat them. 5. There are healthy, humane alternatives. Give thanks for animal-friendly holiday meals such as Tofurky, Celebration Roast, etc...
4. Eating birds supports cruelty to animals. At the slaughterhouse, they are hung upside-down and their heads are dragged through an electrified “stunning tank,” which does not kill them. Many birds are still conscious when their throats are cut. Then the birds are scalded to death in the defeathering tanks.
3. Turkey consumption is bad for the environment. Turkeys and other animals raised for food produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population—all without the benefit of waste-treatment systems.
2. Turkey farming contributes to human starvation. Turkeys have to be fed grains, soy, oats, and corn that could otherwise be fed to human beings.
1. Factory-farmed turkeys have nothing to be thankful for.
Turkeys live for months in sheds where they are packed so tightly that flapping a wing is nearly impossible. Parts of the turkeys’ toes and beaks are cut off, without any pain reliever. Allow the turkeys to give thanks this Holiday season!
Happy eating! -PETA.org