“As we leave the confines of my language and culture these graceful creatures become in every way my superiors. More alert sensitive and aware they are vastly more conscious than I. They are in many ways simply more intelligent. There is an intricate attitude, a clear distillation of purpose and design that is beyond my ability to comprehend”
Jo Hutto referring to Turkeys who lived amongst for one year in the forests of Florida.
“Each time I joined him he greeted me with his happy dance, a brief joyful display of ducking and dodging, with wings outstretched and a frisky shake of the head like a dog with water in his ears. Occasionally he would jump at me and touch me lightly with his feet. His anticipation and enthusiasm made it difficult for me to refuse him.
Jo Hutto describing his friendship with one particular turkey, quoted in The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
The following video is a commercial but nevertheless makes a powerful statement. Please watch, you will not be disappointed, and hopefully if you’re a meat eater and consume turkey or other poultry or indeed any meat at Christmastime you may reconsider.
Terry the Turkey ad is further proof that kindness sells.
“If you’re anything like us … you’re probably wondering where you can find a turkey like Terry to cuddle right now! These misunderstood animals are actually very affectionate and chances are they’d love nothing more than a cuddle with their human friends (just ask Lydia … the famous ‘hugging turkey’.)”
Read more from Animals Australia.
Tweet facts about Turkeys which may make people think twice before buying a turkey
15 Tweetable Facts About Turkeys
Turkeys are fascinating birds, and like all animals, they deserve to be kept off the table this (and every) Christmas.
Were you moved by the heart-warming tale of Terry the turkey in the recent Vodafone Christmas ad? Why not be like the family in the advert and save a life this year – opt for a delicious nut roast instead! Viva! has lots of great recipes for a perfectly kind celebration:
Read More: www.viva.org.uk/christmas – includes alternative vegan meat free recipies
Please watch the following video from Vegetarians International Voice for Animals VIVA which shows the suffering behind the traditional Christmas dinner.
If you believed the TV adverts, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Bernard Matthews turkeys enjoyed Christmas like the rest of us. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
In the early 2000s, Viva! filmed undercover three years in a row at Bernard Matthews sites. This year we returned to see if anything had changed. It hasn’t, turkeys are still crammed into massive industrial sheds and are sent to slaughter at a fraction of their natural lifespan.
Give turkeys a break this year and try vegan: www.viva.org.uk/christmas (visit for lots of recipe ideas!)
Find out more about our turkey campaign: www.viva.org.uk/turkeys
Read more and take action – go vegan:
Pledge to go vegan or at least vegetarian over Christmas and have a kinder Christmas
Be sure to scroll down and watch the videos including the one about Paul the Turkey. A disturbing video.
“Wondering how a turkey is feeling? You might be able to tell from the colour of his head and throat — they change according to mood! Turkeys also form strong social bonds, sometimes travelling in the wild with groups of 200 or more. A wild turkey’s home territory often exceeds 1,000 acres, and they can fly at up to 89 km per hour. Sadly, turkeys in factory farms are confined to sheds, and are bred for such enormous ‘breast’ growth that they can’t even mate naturally.”
Read more and watch the videos – Turkey, pigs, cows, fish- and please pledge to stop eating meat not only at Christmas but all year.
Here is the video about Paul the Turkey
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/kinder-christmas – includes recipes and pigs, cows, fish, video
Why sheep are not included I don’t know maybe sheep are not eaten at Christmas time as much as the animals mentioned above.Sheep suffer as do all animals and Animals Australia has launched many campaigns to stop cruelty to sheep:
Recipes and advice about changing to a vegan diet
21 Ways to Veganise Your Christmas Dinner
If you are not into cooking here are some suggestions for vegan Christmas snacks you can get in your supermarket.
Vegan Christmas Products on the High Street – New for 2015
Celebrate a Vegan Holiday
There are ideas and recipes included in the VIVA and Animals Australia links above
Help and advice
How to go vegan
Going vegan is easier than ever before, but we are here to make it even easier—as easy as 1, 2, 3!:
From the Vegan Society
Facts about Turkeys
The following video will make you see turkeys in a new light as intelligent sentient creatures capable of affection, self aware, curious and fun loving.
You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Hugged a Turkey
Turkeys: Who are they?
“This movie captures marvellously one of our culture’s most misunderstood species. It will change forever how you perceive these gentle, intelligent birds.”
Dr Jonathan Balcombe
“This movie opens our hearts to the presence of these birds as the subjects of their lives. In a meditative way, it allows our preconceptions to melt away as we feel the reality of their beauty, curiosity, intelligence, and unique personalities. A must-see antidote to our culture’s disharmony and diseases.”
OPINION: Talking Turkey: Reflections on a Misunderstood Bird: