"You throw them and I'll hit them" - Neil Allen, worker at Bernard Matthews Turkey farm
Turkey catchers Daniel Palmer, 27, and Neil Allen, 30, both of Dereham, Norfolk, were secretly filmed hitting birds with a pole at the Bernard Matthews plant in Haveringland, Norfolk. Both admitted ill-treatment and were ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.
The turkeys’ day of execution comes around quickly; in the wild, they could have lived to 10 years of age, but between the ages of just eight weeks and 26 weeks, they are crammed into trucks and driven to the slaughterhouse. There, they panic as they are hung upside down by their legs to have their throats slit. They are sometimes killed with gas, or by strangulation. Weirdly, the supermarkets don’t show you that in their cosy festive ads.
Why not consider a Christmas dinner that hasn't been used as baseball or kicked like a football this year.
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