The Secret Life of Turkeys

“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red coat on.”
Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his daughter.

A turkey is a sentient being they are not here to provide you with your Christmas dinner, as I hope you will see from the following article, a turkey is a thinking, feeling creature with a life of his or her own.

This Christmas please keep turkey and other dead animals off your plate. Turkeys like all animals are sentient creatures who feel pain and suffer and like all sentient being turkeys wish to live.

Below is an article I wrote for my website think differently about sheep. I have updated it and added more information concerning turkey sentience.

First some interesting Turkey Facts:

Wild turkeys are able to fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour

Benjamin Franklin referred to turkeys as “a bird of courage. He suggested that the turkey rather than the eagle be the national symbol of the USA.

In the wild turkeys natural life span is up to twelve years.

Turkeys have a wingspan of four to five feet.

Related to pheasants turkeys evolved about 10 million years ago.

Below you will read compelling facts and anecdotes that demonstrate that a turkey is not an automaton driven by instinct, but like all animals he is a conscious being aware of and able to interact with his surroundings: sentient.

Rather like chickens turkeys also have become a by-word for stupidity. However also like chickens such an idea is a misconception.

Intelligence.

There is a huge amount of information supporting the fact that turkeys are intelligent, below is a selection of anecdotes and scientific research concerning the intelligence of turkeys. But as always it is important to keep in mind that sentience does not depend on a creatures intellectual capacity, intelligence adds weight to the idea that an animal is sentient, however it is not a prerequisite.

In an article by Aaron Hougham for The Daily Barometer, Tom Savage, poultry scientist and animal science professor at Oregon State University says this about turkey intelligence:

“If you throw an apple to a group of turkeys, they’ll play with it together,” he said. “Kind of like football.”

Savage asks, “If turkeys are so dumb, then why do they socialize like that?”

Turkeys: much smarter than you think

here is a video of Turkeys playing with a football

Note the comment on Youtube which follows the video “These turkey seem smarter than a lot of dogs….. and yet they are slaughtered by the millions…. with no regard”

Below is an extract form the Oregon State University News and Communication services with more information about turkey intelligence and further comments by Professor Savage :

“The researcher has spent a lot of time with turkeys and feels strongly that the use of the turkey as a metaphor for stupidity is unfair and inaccurate.

“I’ve always viewed turkeys as smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings,” said Savage. “The dumb tag simply doesn’t fit.”

Although the research has been conducted to improve meat quality the findings nonetheless demonstrate turkeys are intelligent. The incongruity of course between these findings and the improvement of meat quality is to me an amazing inconsistency of thinking, bizarre is it not to prove that a creature is intelligent, sentient and then to continue to kill such a being for his meat. Such amazing inconsistency of thinking is to my mind a baffling enigma.

To read the complete article

OSU animal scientist debunks dumb turkey myth
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2003/nov/osu-animal-scientist-debunks-dumb-turkey-myth

It’s not only wild turkeys of course who are intelligent, despite selective breeding domesticated turkeys retain much of their natural intelligence as you can read in the account below:

“Many people assume that domestic turkeys lack the native intelligence of their wild relatives. I’d like to challenge this assumption by sharing my memory of Mila and Priscilla, two turkey hens who lived with my husband and me for several years in Darnestown, Maryland.

Victims of a truck accident, Mila and Priscilla would have been dead by the time we adopted them had they not been rescued. Though roughly the same age, their personalities were very different. Mila was a gentle and pacific turkey with a watchful face. Priscilla was a moody bird with emotional burdens.

In the spring and summer, Priscilla would disappear into the woods around our house, and I would have to go look for her. Eventually I’d spy her white form nestled in thick vegetation, where she laid many clutches of eggs that, since there was no male turkey to fertilize them, never hatched. Priscilla kept trying to be a mother, and perhaps because she could not, she was irritable much of the time.

When Priscilla got into one of her angry moods, you could see her getting ready to charge my husband or me, which wasn’t pleasant. With her head pulsing colors, she glared at us with combat in her whole demeanor. What stopped her was Mila. Perking up her head at the signals, Mila would enter directly into the path between Priscilla and us, and block Priscilla’s charge. She would tread back and forth in front of Priscilla, uttering soft pleading yelps as if beseeching her to stop. Priscilla would gradually calm down.”

Please finish reading this article which includes more information validating the intelligence of turkeys :

A Tale of Two Turkeys
By Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns
https://www.upc-online.org/turkeys/120106twoturkeys.html

Erik Marcus, the author of Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, has spent a considerable amount of time with turkeys on farm sanctuaries. He reports, “Turkeys remember your face and they will sit closer to you with each day you revisit. Come back day after day and, before long, a few birds will pick you out as their favourite and they will come running up to you whenever you arrive. It’s definitely a matter of the birds choosing you rather than of you choosing the birds. Different birds choose different people.”

Read more of this interesting article:
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/hidden-lives-turkeys/

Emotion and sensitivity

Turkeys are not only more intelligent than we give them credit for but they are also amazingly sensitive, aware, conscious even playful creatures capable of a whole spectrum of emotion, and it is only when you get to know them that their true characteristics shine through.

Here is an excellent example:

In his book The pig who sang to the moon: The emotional world of farm animals, Jeffery Massom refers to the experiences of Jo Hutto who lived amongst turkeys for one year in the forests of Florida.

‘Nearly two hundred eggs where hatched in his presence , and he became the leader of a flock of extraordinary birds… Hutto discovered that that are extremely intelligent , not at all the creatures of human myth…He tells us ” I have never kept better company or known more fulfilling companionship.” Hutto is driven in spite his scientist self, to recognise,” that in the most fundamental sense our similarities are greater than our differences.” He considers himself privileged to be in thier presence, feeling less desolate, less isolated, as he is bathed in the warm glow of these extraordinary creatures .. “As we leave the confines of my language and culture these graceful creatures become in everyway my superiors. More alert sensitive and aware they are vastly more conscious than I. They are in may ways simply more intelligent. There is an intricate attitude, a clear distillation of purpose and design that is beyond my ability to comprehend” He describes his friendship with one particular turkey. “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.

Here is another lovely turkey story:

“After hearing accounts of how “stupid” turkeys can be, a lady and her husband were surprised to see two wild turkeys walk out onto a busy two lane country road and spread out their wings. One turkey faced oncoming traffic in one direction, the other faced oncoming traffic in the other direction. Confused drivers came to a halt. Everyone waited to see what would happen.”

To finish reading this story please click the link below.

A True Turkey Story – From All Creatures Animal Stories,

Turkeys are capable of emotion and there is physical evidence to validate this: when a turkey becomes distressed or excited the bare skin on his throat and head changes colour from grey to shades of red white and blue.

Few people know the turkey as a wild bird, sadly only associated with a Christmas, and in the USA Thanksgiving, feast. The reality is that turkeys are complex creatures, here are some facts about a creature few people ever consider is a wild bird just like a swan or an eagle to name but two examples.

Domesticated turkeys have white feathers as a result of selective breeding, but wild turkeys have dark feathers, a good camouflage which helps them blend with their environment and helps to conceal them from predators. Factory farmed turkeys have been genetically engineered to have short legs upon which they are barely able to walk let alone run, to have enlarged breasts and to grow abnormally and grossly large at fast rates; they weigh about twice as much as their natural counterparts as a result of selective breeding and abuse such as being given growth hormones and antibiotics.

The natural habitat of turkeys are hardwood forests with grassy areas, although they are able to adapt to other environments. In the wild the life of a turkey is far different than people may imagine, that is if they think about it at all. In their natural environment they have a life span of up to twelve years. Many people do not believe turkeys to be capable of flight therefore it may surprise you that they have a wing span of four to five feet with which they can fly short distances at speeds of over 55 miles an hour!They usually fly close to the ground. In the wild they have strong feet and legs for walking running or scratching to forage: turkeys can run at 25 miles per hour given the opportunity to do so. With thier strong beaks their days are spent foraging for food, they are omnivorous and eat a varied diet of seeds, berries, insects and acorns, depending on what is available throughout the year. The preferred time for eating is usually the early morning and late afternoon. At night they roost in trees on the lower branches, at first light they will fly to the ground but before the sun rises turkeys will begin to make loud sounds which continue all morning, the male makes a gobbling sound and the female a clicking sound. These vocalisations are just two example of many other sounds with which turkeys communicate, more about this later

Wild turkeys are a far cry from their unfortunate counterparts: domesticated factory farmed turkeys through selective breeding and mistreatment have very different bodies and capabilities.

Animals Rights: Turkeys

Like chickens turkeys relish the pleasure of dust bathing to clean their feathers. Dust bathing involves the turkey fluffing up his feathers and allowing loose soil in which they wallow to penetrate to their skin.

Turkeys live in flocks, they are highly social animals. Turkeys if treated well are very friendly creatures enjoying the company of other animals including humans. Like all animals turkeys enjoy pleasant tactile sensations and enjoy having their feathers stroked. Touch is important to all sentient beings. Turkeys have a zest for life, a joy that demonstrates a truly sentient creature.

During mating the male turkey called, a tom or gobbler, who is considerably larger than the female, perform quite a display to attract females, called a hen, by puffing out their bodies and displaying their feathers accompanied by making the familiar gobble gobble noise. A turkey is not monogamous and may mate with as many as four or five hens each season.

After mating the female turkey will set to building a nest under a bush to protect and care for her young, here she will roost at night until the youngsters can fly at about two weeks old. Baby turkeys, called  poults or chicks, will remain with their mother for five months. She will lay as many as 18 eggs, laying one egg each day, after about 28 days the eggs hatch. After hatching baby turkeys follow their mother everywhere, they are dependent on her for food and protection, she will fiercely protect them from predators as formidable as raccoons, foxes and hawks to name just a few of the many threats that lay in wait for her vulnerable chicks. If the poults become accidently separated from their mother they will emit loud peeping noises to which the mother responds by running up to her youngsters with loud yelling sounds.

Turkeys communicate

Turkeys emanate a variety of sounds which are not random meaningless noises.

Turkeys vocalise important information, important to turkeys that is, their vocalisations convey a variety of nuances, possibly far more varied that we can perceive, messages communicating thier needs and thier emotional states. Such nuances may well be compared to Chinese languages where the inflection conveys different meaning, with this consideration in mind the vocalisations of many creatures many be more complex than we think. This idea is postulated in William J Long’s book: How Animals Talk, he refers to the haw sound emanated by crows, which appears to take on different meanings in different circumstances, but which sounds the same to us, but is nevertheless understood by crows and indeed other creatures. Referring here to the crow who stands as sentinel keeping watch over the flock to alert them to danger he says :

“Apparently this simple haw of the crow is like a root word of certain ancient languages, the Chinese for example, which has several different intonations to express different ideas, but which all sound alike to foreign ears, and which are spelled alike when they appear in foreign print. To judge by the crow’s action, it is certain that the elementary haw has at least three distinct accents to express as many different meanings: one of “all’s well,” another of “watch out,” and a third of “be off!” Moreover, the birds seem to understand these different meanings as clearly as we understand plain English; they feed quietly while haw means one thing, or spring aloft when it means another; and though you watch them a lifetime you will see nothing to indicate that there is any doubt or confusion in their minds as to the sentinel’s message.

The numerous vocalizations  of Turkeys consist of have many sounds: “gobbles,” “clucks,” “putts,” “purrs,” “yelps,” “cutts,” “whines,” “cackles,” and “kee-kees.”

I tried without success to find audio of these sounds plus a detailed explanation. Yes there are many on youtube, also websites but all published by the sad individuals in our society who get some perverted pleasure from hunting turkeys. I included in the original article one such video which is now no longer on-line, however  I often feel uncomfortable about directing visitors to my blog and website to sites which contain information totally opposed to the purpose of both my website and blog.  There is a very short audio of Turkey the sounds a turkey makes:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website

All About Birds: Wild Turkey

As mentioned earlier, turkey calls are important for communication between a mother and her offspring. Vocalisation is an important part of the bonding process. The bonding of  mother turkeys and their youngsters through vocal and visual signals is important for the normal social development of the poults, as these communications facilitate the learning of social activities. The gobble that the male turkey uses in early spring is a vocalisation used to announce his presence to females and competing males and can be heard a mile away. In response a hen will yelp thus informing the male of her location. Males also emit a low pitched drumming sound.

All About Birds: Wild Turkey

Turkeys also communicate by the use of visual signs, such as the mating display by the tom mentioned earlier where he displays his tail feathers, puffs out his body and struts about shaking his feathers. Toms, also called gobblers because of the noise they make which can be heard for up to a mile away, convey their aggression by the fanning of their tail feathers.

Males also emit a low-pitched drumming sound and often yelp in the manner of females. Hens likewise can gobble, though they rarely do this. Jakes, immature males, often yelp.

Pain

Sentience is the the capacity of feeling and is the basis for experience of stress and pain, in other words an animal cannot experience pain without being sentient.

Pain of course is an obvious indication that a creature is sentient and all animals feel pain and turkeys are no exception. To my way of thinking the fact that animals feel pain is so evident that it seems superfluous to have to write about something that is so obvious as the fact that night follows day. It has always amazed me that people consider that certain animals do not feel pain. We can never be certain that any creature does not feel pain even those without a conventional nervous system, but without a doubt all creatures with a nervous system from the highly sophisticated and complex to the more primitive all experience the feeling of pain. Pain after all is a survival mechanism without which we would soon sustain harm to our bodies and die prematurely.

Do turkeys feel pain? Yes they most certainly do . For more information about how Turkeys experience pain :
Animal Rights Poultry

People here in the west may see turkeys as automated walking lumps of meat but in the past it seems in other cultures turkeys were more respected. In mythology turkeys are venerated creatures.

“Turkeys have amassed a popularity and significance of mythological proportions among the many and diverse original cultures of North and Central America.

Among Native North Americans, the turkey has a long history of association with spirituality and the honouring of the Earth Mother. It’s a symbol of all the blessings that the Earth contains, along with the ability to use them to their greatest advantage.

Turkeys have an intricate mythology among the early inhabitants of the United States and Canada. Among other things, they helped create the world and showed humans how to raise corn and fight off evil spirits. The gobbler is shown outsmarting the owl (a common representation of death and the underworld) and challenging the powerful eagle in combat.”

Talking Turkey: Myth and Truth About the All-American Bird

You can read more about Turkey Methodology here:

Native American Turkey Mythology
http://www.native-languages.org/legends-turkey.htm

Finally it appears that turkeys have pecking order to which humans may be included.. .in a subservient capacity.

“Wild-turkey flocks have a pecking order. If they live around humans, some of the dominant toms may begin to include people in that order — at a level below themselves, says Jim Cardoza, a turkey expert at the Massachusetts wildlife agency. Wild turkeys “get used to people and incorporate them into their view of society,” he says. Some behaviour, such as putting out bird food and slinking quietly away, can encourage these lordly males to think that humans are a subservient life form, believes Mr. Cardoza.

Biologist James Earl Kennamer, senior vice president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, an Edgefield, S.C., hunters’ group, has studied wild turkeys for 40 years. “When they think you’re one of them, they’ll fight you to show who’s dominant,” he says. “If you turn your back, they’ll take it to mean they’re dominant.”
Animals in Translation: November 2005

I think the behaviours you have read about would not be possible if turkeys where the automatons people believe them to be. The poultry industry does not want you to understand the true nature of turkeys, as you may consider that it is time to stop rearing turkeys in miserable abusive conditions simply to eat thier flesh to commemorate events that for many people should be celebrations rather than blood baths for millions of sentient beings.

References and Links :

Wild Turkey – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Animal Facts – Turkeys

 

 

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Keep Turkey off Your Plate This Christmas

Christmas is coming and along with it it’s usual over indulgence and the massacre of sentient beings, mostly turkeys, to celebrate the birth of a person venerated worldwide as a man of peace.

Yet the meal most people sit down to on Christmas day is anything but peaceful and amounts to a blood bath of millions of sentient beings.

Here is the reality concerning the cruelty behind your Christmas dinner.

In the USA more than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.

Annually 300 million turkeys are raised and killed for their flesh in the United States with no federal legal protection which exposes them to wicked and unimaginable cruelty. Besides no creature wants to die and no creature needs die to provide you at any time with a food that is not natural.

Turkeys Used for Food

“Ben Franklin called turkeys “true American originals.” He had tremendous respect for their resourcefulness, agility, and beauty. Turkeys are intelligent animals who enjoy having their feathers stroked and who like listening to music, with which they will often loudly sing along. In nature, turkeys can fly 55 miles an hour, run 18 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years.”

But the story is very different for turkeys on factory farms:

Continue reading
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/

Please watch the video below if you haven’t already done so in the above link:

This will put you off your Christmas dinner, if it doesn’t what does that say about the type of person you are.

Warning

Yes it is upsetting and if you are a sensitive caring person who doesn’t eat tortured dead animals then you probably do not need to watch. But if you are thinking of sitting down to turkey roast on Christmas day this undercover video is vital viewing.

“Undercover investigator shows the public how chicken and turkeys are really treated before they reach your grocery store.”

Please read the following:

17 Reasons to Pass on Turkey This Year
https://www.peta.org/features/reasons-pass-turkey-year/

Ask yourself is your Christmas dinner worth all this suffering?

If the answer is no click the Pledge Vegan button in the link above and change to a vegan diet.

If you think that the above cruelty happens only in the USA think again – sadly more harrowing horrors and shocking cruelty to sentient beings occurs in the UK.

“Undercover footage of the conditions in which turkeys are reared on six farms – including two of the UK’s biggest producers. The video shows overcrowded sheds, dead and dying birds, animals with gaping wounds, birds with one half of their beak removed and cannibalism. The companies involved are Bernard Matthews (the biggest turkey producer in Europe), Kerry Foods (owners of Home Pride, Mattessons Walls and Greens), and farms in Braintree, Sevenoaks, Chichester and Devon.”

Here in the UK 10 million turkeys are massacred at Christmas – a total of 15 million all year round.

Check out the following link and take action

DOOR-DROP FOR TURKEYS THIS CHRISTMAS!

https://www.viva.org.uk/turkeys/leafletorder

If you don’t think Turkeys are aware of what is happening to them, think again.

Turkeys are sentient beings

Please read the short interview below.

Poultry Sentience and Intelligence

From an Interview with Dr. Ian Duncan, Professor of Poultry Ethology
University of Guelph
Ontario, Canada
https://www.upc-online.org/thinking/sentient.html

Turkeys have  zest for living, they are also affectionate and sociable, please watch these videos.

All this Turkey wants to do is cuddle

How could you kill and eat such a sweet gentle creature – if you eat turkeys you are of course responsible for their death, you are COMPLICIT in the cruelty depicted in the above videos.

The above video contains a small number of disturbing scenes.

The above video contains a small number of disturbing scenes.

Article about sentience in Turkeys from my website:

Sentience in Farm Animals Poultry Turkeys

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/sentience%20in%20farm%20animals%20poultry%20turkeys.htm

Like your dog Turkeys are highly intelligent animals.

Here’s some great news, Turkeys are in short supply for Christmas here in the UK!!!!!!

Christmas could be CANCELLED as turkey shortage hits Britain
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/878993/Christmas-2017-dinner-turkey-cancelled-farmer-shortage-Britain-festive-food

Consider if you can’t give up eating a turkey for Christmas day, even though there is much cruelty and suffering involved, well maybe you should consider your health:

“The predicted shortage comes as a result of the outbreak of Avian Flu experienced across Europe last year and the knock-on effect of rearing restrictions that meant fewer turkeys, and other birds, were bred.”

The above article also included the following:

 “Recent research, conducted by Quorn, revealed that 61% of Brits are already eating meat free dishes week in, week out and 83% of families are now enjoying a meat free dinner at least once a week.”

Don’t replace turkey with chicken, goose or any other living being, do the right thing and celebrate Christmas by going vegan 

Here are some ideas for a cruelty free Christmas and real peace on earth to all beings, not just human beings. Whether you’re religious, Christian or other religion, this is what religion should be about, namely bringing  peace and harmony to earth for all creatures, not death, torture and misery.

Celebrate a vegan Holiday
https://www.peta.org/living/food/celebrate-vegan-holiday/

From the vegan society

Our top ten Christmas recipe picks – My family and I enjoy number 8, a delicious trifle ideal for boxing day

https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/blog/10-best-vegan-christmas-recipes

Entering a search in your favourite search engine such as Vegan Christmas Recipes will result in hundreds of delicious animal free, cruelty free, vegan recipes.

Animals Australia asks you to take a pledge to go Vegan this Christmas

Pledge to add delicious meat-free dishes to your menu this Christmas

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/kinder-christmas

 

Please Have a kinder Christimas

“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.
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/vodafones-terry-turkey-ad-proves-kindness-sells.php

Take Action 

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.
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/15-tweetable-facts-about-turkeys/

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.


http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/turkeys

Published on Dec 11, 2015

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:
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/turkeys

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

The truth about turkeys from Animals Australia on Vimeo.

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:
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/

Recipes and advice about changing to a vegan diet

Christmas recipes

21 Ways to Veganise Your Christmas Dinner
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/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
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/new-vegan-christmas-snacks/

Celebrate a Vegan Holiday
http://www.peta.org/living/food/celebrate-vegan-holiday/

There are ideas and recipes included in the VIVA and Animals Australia links above

Help and advice

From PETA

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!:
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

From the Vegan Society
http://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=COCC4pHI2MkCFSfnwgodr0gNhQ

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

“Published on Nov 17, 2012

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:
http://animalsaustralia.org/media/opinion.php?op=189

Sentience in Farm Animals: Turkeys:

The Real Cost of Christmas for the Turkeys

 

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Here in the UK an astonishing number of turkeys are killed each year.

It is estimated that around 10 to 20 million turkeys are slaughtered in the UK every year just for Christmas –  in addition millions of other animals suffer and die including pigs, chickens, geese and ducks during this so called season of peace and goodwill. Odd way to celebrate the birth of a man whom many believe to be a man of peace by the massacre of millions of sentient creatures who suffer as we do, animals whose lives are as important to them as yours is to you.

Here are the facts:

Turkeys

90% are kept in windowless sheds with as many as 25,000 other birds. Wild turkeys live for around 10 years, but those destined to be eaten are slaughtered when they’re between 9 and 24 weeks old. It’s not just turkeys though – millions of pigs, geese and ducks also suffer in a time of supposed peace and goodwill. According to those organisations promoting turkey meat, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional roast turkey! But how ‘traditional’ is it really?

Please continue reading:
https://www.vegsoc.org/truecost#.VI0z1jGsWUQ

Worldwide it is really not possible to even estimate how many turkeys are massacred at Christmas time. As already mentioned here in the the UK it is around 10 to 15  million, in the USA about 20 million with around 40 million on Thanks Giving, in  Australia between 3 to 5 million

In the USA 20 million are slaughtered for Christmas and 40 million for thanks giving.

Ben Franklin called turkeys “true American originals.” He had tremendous respect for their resourcefulness, agility, and beauty. Turkeys are intelligent animals who enjoy having their feathers stroked and who like listening to music, with which they will often loudly sing along. In nature, turkeys can fly 55 miles an hour, run 18 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years.

But the story is very different for turkeys on factory farms: They will be killed when they are only 5 or 6 months old and, during their short lives, will be denied even the simplest pleasures, such as running, building nests, and raising their young.

Like chickens, the 300 million turkeys raised and killed for their flesh every year in the United States have no federal legal protection.More than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.

Read more:
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/#ixzz3LrmolLLv

Cruel Farming of Turkey’s

Here is how turkeys live their short wretched miserable lives

Stuffed! – Viva! investigation of UK turkey farms 

Warning distressing images

Undercover footage of the conditions in which turkeys are reared on six farms – including two of the UK’s biggest producers. The video shows overcrowded sheds, dead and dying birds, animals with gaping wounds, birds with one half of their beak removed and cannibalism. The companies involved are Bernard Matthews (the biggest turkey producer in Europe), Kerry Foods (owners of Home Pride, Mattessons Walls and Greens), and farms in Braintree, Sevenoaks, Chichester and Devon

Meat Your Meat: Turkeys

Warning very upsetting for people who care about animals.

 

Below is a longer version of the above video ( includes information about factory farming of other animals)

 

 

Every year in the United States, almost 300 million turkeys are killed for their flesh. Virtually all spend their entire lives on factory farms and have no federal legal protection.

Turkeys raised on factory farms are hatched in large incubators and never see their mothers or feel the warmth of a nest. When they are only a few weeks old, they are moved into filthy, windowless sheds with thousands of other turkeys, where they will spend the rest of their lives

Read more:
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/turkey-industry/#ixzz3Ls3Gqx66

Don’t take comfort by organic or free range turkeys

The reality of a free range farm

Something To Be Thankful For
A short film from Animal Place about the rescue of a single turkey from a “free-range” farm, days before Thanksgiving. Though this film shows a positive outcome for one lucky Turkey it also shows the shocking conditions in which so called free range turkeys live.

 

If you think that an organic option is more humane, have a look at what happens to organic turkeys in this next video. In all cases slaughter always involves suffering, pain and fear and is never humane, there is nothing humane or ethical in bringing about the end of the life of a sentient being who like you and I  wants to live his days as nature intended. Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca once wrote:

But for the sake of some little mouthful of meat, we deprive a soul of the sun and light,
and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.

Warning distressing images of turkeys being slaugtered

Xmas Special the Short life of organic Turkys   

In Great Britain about 10 million of turkeys are killed for Christmas. This film shows breeding and slaughter of free range turkeys in one of organic farms in Britain.

Comparing to traditional and factory farming, organic way of breeding animals seems to be a healthier and more ethical solution.

But even in strict organic conditions these sensitive and majestic birds suffer from unnatural conditions, decrease of living space -what leads to diseases, stress and aggressive behaviour.  And after all, they have a short life on a farm, are raised only to be killed and later their meat is sold.

If you think that an organic option is more humane, have a look at turkey slaughter in this video. In all cases slaughter always involves suffering, pain and fear.

This year’s Christmas can be truly compassionate. Surprise yourself and your family with an amazing choice of vegan food and give turkey the gift of life.

 

No indeed your conscience can’t really be salved can it?  At the end of their time these sentient beings are cruelly slaughtered.

Question the ethics of killing millions of living beings to celebrate a festival about which few really understand. Most people do so from habit, tradition and thoughtlessness. I know I was once of this mindset.

Those of the Christian religion please question the incongruity of this festive blood bath to celebrate the birth of a person whom you consider to be a man of peace.

What can I do?

Go Vegan is the immediate answer though not the only one as things cannot be allowed to continue the way they are in cruel factory farms and inhumane slaughter houses and the end to such cruelty needs be made law now. Nonetheless going vegan or vegetarian , though vegetarians  need to consider the ethics of of consuming milk and eggs, is a good start in bringing an end to the vile cruelty of factory farming and slaughter

The best way to end the suffering of animals is to go vegan – or at least start in that direction. We can help you do just that. Please also share this page with your friends and family so that they know how animals suffer and how they can help end that suffering.

See more from VIVA about going vegan
http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/video-library/turkey-investigation-footage

Lots of advice to help you go vegan:
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/go-veggie-christmas

Go straight to the Christmas recipes:
http://veganrecipeclub.org.uk/christmas

Top Five Tips for a Vegan Christmas Feast
Read more: http://www.peta.org/living/food/top-five-tips-vegan-christmas-feast/#ixzz3LwrV5jkz

Vegan society all year round recipes
http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

Make this year a compassionate and cruelty free Christmas Surprise yourself and your family with an amazing choice of vegan food and give turkey the gift of life

How to Have a Vegan Christmas Feast With All the Trimmings
http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/12/vegan-christmas-feast-trimmings/

OVERVIEW OF CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CRUELTY CAMPAIGN
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/living/ALL/563/

Quick and easy cook alternatives

If it all seems a bit of an effort think of the Turkeys, isn’t it worth it. There are though quick and easy ready prepared alternatives for those less inclined to cooking:

Here in the UK sold at Holland and Barrett and other health food stores

Celebration Roast and other prepackaged easy to cook and prepare meals
http://www.vbites.eu/food/products/111-celebration-roast-445g

In the USA

Tofurky® Holiday Products:
http://www.tofurky.com/tofurkyproducts/holiday_products.html

More from PETA:
PETA’s Favorite Vegan Substitutes
http://www.peta.org/living/food/favorite-products/

Here is a recipe for tofu turkey, though this does require more preparation and cooking:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tofu-turkey-i/

If you don’t live in the UK or USA most countries now are likely to have stores that stock alternatives just enter a search such as:
Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives or vegan substitutes

More information

End Factory farming:
http://factoryfarming.org.uk/whatis.html

Never doubt that Turkeys are sentient beings:

Sentience in Farm Animals: Turkeys

A turkey is not just for Christmas, a turkey is a thinking, feeling being with a life of his or her own. Below you will read compelling facts and anecdotes that demonstrate that a turkey is not an automaton driven by instinct, but like all animals he is a conscious being aware of and able to interact with his surroundings: sentient.

Read More:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/sentience%20in%20farm%20animals%20poultry%20turkeys.htm

Turkey Facts:

A random selection of interesting or unusual facts about Turkeys
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Turkey_Facts.htm

Big-Birds-Big-Cruelty-Turkeys-in-Australia
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Birds-Big-Cruelty-Turkeys-in-Australia/153541898049663

Credit Photo

File:Male north american turkey supersaturated.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Male_north_american_turkey_supersaturated.jpg

Ninty Thousand Children in Britain Will be Homeless This Christmas

As incredulous as this may seem in the sixth richest country on earth that is at present boasting about the increase in economic growth,  this Christmas 90,000 children in Britain will be homeless.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas or not the point is the shocking numbers of homeless children and of course their families who are homeless not only at Christmas but all year round.

Christmas or any time the point is that no one should be homeless, shelter is a basic human need and in my opinion a basic human right. Providing housing for people should not be a matter for charity, it is up to governments to provide people with decent homes according to their need.

If you can read no further please at least sign the following petition – more petitions further down:

Tens of thousands of people every year become homeless and are forced to sleep on the streets.
I was once one of them and endured 3 years of sleeping rough to escape long term abuse but there are so many other reasons why people find themselves isolated, vulnerable and scared with no-one to turn to.
This is a national scandal in the 21st century so I’m seeking a national study and allocation of funds to identify and help those currently in need but also to prevent homelessness being seen and chosen as the only alternative.
Please sign the petition so men, women and children no longer have to go through this ordeal.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43657

Homeless at Christmas – one family’s experience of living in a B&B | Shelter

While 90,000 children face homelessness this Christmas the well off in Hampstead are organising a “humanitarian” protest against  the Labour Party’s proposal to levy a mansion tax!  Unbelievable!

Never mind the 600,000 extra children living in absolute poverty since the Coalition came to power, has anyone considered how the hard-pressed residents of NW3 will cope if a Mansion Tax is imposed by Ed Balls?

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2014/10/hampstead-residents-launch-humanitarian-appeal-over-mansion-tax/

Millionaires Threaten Protest March If They Have To Pay A Little Bit Of Tax
http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/millionaires-threaten-protest-march-if-they-have-to-pay-a-little-bit-of-tax/

It’s time the more privileged in our society paid more to support those who are less well off rather than quibble over paying their due share.

Not only is our government not providing housing they are actively making people homeless as a result of austerity measures, measures it seems that only apply to the general population as they themselves with their 10 percent rise, and the rich, with an increase in wealth for the UK’s richest 1000 of £35 billion last year  , are exempt.

Shocking facts:

10.6 million people in the UK Live in relative poverty.

Since 2008 the super rich have seen their wealth double.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/uk-the-wealth-of-the-super-rich-has-doubled-since-the-2008-economic-crisis/5383121

Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research

One in two children in most deprived areas live below poverty line, while 2.3 million are classified as in relative poverty:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/15/child-poverty-levels-uk-mapped-out-research

“Homelessness isn’t an accident. It’s the result of a brutal economic system and conscious state policy.”

The above is from an article about homeless in the USA yet this also applies here in the UK:
https://opsafewinter.org/?p=1121

#OpSafeWinter: UK Anonymous battle austerity with homeless campaign:
http://rt.com/uk/194968-anonymous-homelessness-project-uk/

https://opsafewinter.org/?cat=11

Please sign the following petition

The increase in homelessness and poverty evidenced by the rise in food banks as a result of vicious welfare reforms, low wages and zero hours are considered by many myself included as crimes against humanity, violations of human rights. If you agree please sigh the following petition:

Charge David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith for crimes against Humanity
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/International_Court_of_Human_Rights_Royal_Courts_of_Justice_Charge_David_Cameron_and_Iain_Duncan_Smith_for_crimes_agains/?pv=41

Shelter a charity for homeless people are running a campaign which you can support.
http://england.shelter.org.uk/

Homelessness is a problem worldwide of course and western countries such as the USA are no exception

In the USA 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013

https://opsafewinter.org/?p=1109