How Turkeys Are Killed.

Via elephant journal
on Nov 14, 2010
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A turkey placed in the center of the table at Thanksgiving will highlight the tables of a lot of  American families this year, as it does every year. Before you buy that turkey for Thanksgiving, take a look at the life it most likely led before ending up in your shopping cart.

Luckily, I have found a video on YouTube that will expose the horrendous conditions and sadness that these chicks experience.  A warning must be issued, some of this footage is disturbing.

The Life Of a Factory Farmed Turkey

Inside a Turkey Breeding Facility:

The sad part here is the turkeys have been bred so big they cannot breed themselves. This causes a terrible reaction from the mother who just wants to nurse her eggs and leads to even more sadness.

After watching those videos, I hope your reconsider having  a turkey be the center piece of your meal, especially if there are 42 million eaten every Thanksgiving.  The New York Times has an excellent section that offers a cornucopia of options for a vegetarian but markedly seasonal Thanksgiving feast.

What do our Elephant readers do for Thanksgiving in lieu of the turkey?


The irony is hilarious for Palin, she pardons one turkey while others die during the interview.   A PR gaffe with a sad reality.  Remember that 42 million number?

Thank you to the Jaw Wired Shut blog for the feature image.


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13 Responses to “How Turkeys Are Killed.”

  1. Dan Slanger says:

    Thanks for this.

    "Being mindful" means—well, I don't know what ALL it means, but it at least means something like "not looking away from what is… steadily staring at and becoming conscious of the inconsistencies that cause us and others pain and keep us from living the life we want to live."

    It was hard but I didn't look away as I watched the videos in this post.

    And now I feel a little closer to living the life I want to live—a life that minimizes unnecessary pain.

  2. lisa says:

    thank you for posting this article and these links. if people knew the horror of what animals went through to get to their plate we would have alot more vegans and that would be great for people, the animals and the planet.

  3. lisa says:

    so beautfully stated daniel. thank you for your words of wisdom. may we all heed it's brilliance.

  4. ARCreated says:

    do you know what is the hardest? is the people I know that see this and say "so what" they are just animals.

  5. Jessica says:

    We are now fully committed to a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Thanks for this heart wrenching video. I will be cutting , pasting , and sending this onward to hopefully spread awareness . We all need to think at least twice and put our money where our heart is. xoooxox

  6. guest says:

    When will this ever end 🙁

  7. Indigo says:

    But this is animal sexual abuse to the extreme. They are taking the sperm from the males, forcefully, and placing it within females forcefully….this is animal rape. The animals OBVIOUSLY don't want it, that's why they run away from the workers. It's not natural, and it's not the way it's supposed to be.

    When you get kicked in the balls, you're not forced to secrete your sperm and have it stolen, and when you go to a physical you're not placed upside down having a needle shoved into your vagina, forcing you to become pregnant..

    These poor living creatures are probably screaming "it hurts, please stop" the whole time. It's rape.

    I doubt that there will ever be a law to end this though. We need a revulotion. The human species is a failure.

  8. Michelle says:

    You said it, everything I was thinking. This is exactly why I have a little farm with which I grow what we eat and then barter for what I don't grow. All done with respect for the environment and the animals we care for. But you don't have to grow it yourself, People, that's just my choice, there are local, humane options from which you can shop. Please just look. …a guilt-free toast back at you, Keith.

  9. Michelle says:

    This will end when consumers take responsibility for the purchases they make. Look for local, humane options, folks.

  10. Guest says:

    Not natural? How so? Humanity evolved with the capacity to capture and consume other animals. There's no debating that, we possess enzymes specifically suited to digesting the protein found in animal meats. What about Lions and Tigers? Should they stop preying on their animal victims just because uneducated people with an unrealistic understanding of basic biology should deem it so? What about a single-celled amoeba, it's a living organism isn't it? Shouldn't we pass laws that protect amoebas from being consumed by other single-celled organisms and allow them to have a decent shot at a long and happy life?

    You're placing animals on the same plane of reasoning and understanding as humans, and it just doesn't work that way. An animal won't think twice about killing you and your family in order to gain sustenance. That's because animals at their core have a single basic instinct: survive and reproduce. The workers didn't seem particularly violent or hurtful to the animals when they were inseminating them. Those animals would reproduce on their own anyways, what does it matter if it's being done in a manner more efficient to humanity? As long as the animals aren't being hurt or treated cruelly, there's no problem with what's being done. As I said, it's an argument towards the mistreating of animals in factories.

    Rape? Now you're just being overdramatic. These animals are not being "raped", but exploited for natural resources. Humans stand higher on the evolutionary plateau than other animals and should freely exercise the capacity to consume other animals as we see fit, now THAT'S natural, and that's the way it's supposed to be.

  11. AndrewPaciocco says:

    You can buy this turkey and feel good about it for Thanksgiving
    (I adopted Tulip this year!)

  12. helen says:

    Why do they smother the turkeys there?! Here in Ireland they break their necks. Sounds rough but its quick at least. And the effect of smothering on the meat cant be good. Then again i saw a documentary on how cattle are pumped with antibiotics in the U.S. so i suppose taste or quality aren’t a priority. Incidentally i am vegetarian but have hardened to such appalling images and realities.

  13. Alex Sandra Myles says:

    Thank you for this article. I really believe that if we people were more aware, they would not consume so readily. They just see it wrapped on the supermarket shelf and have no clue as to how it got there! One day eating meat will be as widely socially unacceptable as wearing fur. At least I hope. I will be sharing this, although we don't have thanksgiving in the UK.