With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Americans everywhere are bracing for the opportunity to feast on their favorite holiday entrÈe: the turkey. Millions of turkeys will be purchased and eaten throughout the country without hesitation. But, before this festive bird is consumed at the Thanksgiving table, it was a living creature that had to be killed so that diners could enjoy its meat. And this is where all the trouble and abuse begins.
Contrary to popular belief, today’s turkeys are not raised on spacious farms with lush green grass, where they frolic merrily with other happy turkeys. Furthermore, many believe the turkeys are killed in a humane manner once their time comes to be served as dinner. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
The overwhelming majority of turkeys produced in the United States are raised inside filthy, crowded factory farms in inhumane conditions. Turkeys in factory farms are housed indoors in dark rooms, crunched together with other turkeys. The animals have very little space and are given very little medical attention. Outrageously, the agricultural industry has gotten Congress to exempt them from the Animal Welfare Act. This exemption allows unspeakable abuses to occur, including painful death through horrible slaughter methods. Anyone that does not believe large scale animal abuse on this level can occur need only to Google factory farms online. If one chooses to do so, please be prepared to be outraged and saddened at what occurs to these historic animals, as well as other farm animals.