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Let’s talk turkeys this holiday season

Posted: November 26, 2008 8:13 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 

Now that Proposition 2 has passed and will help lessen the suffering of millions of chickens, pigs and calves, my thoughts are on turkeys.

As the co-founder of Animal Place, a sanctuary for rescued farm animals, I've had the pleasure of spending time with several of these sweet, social birds.

I would no sooner eat a turkey for Thanksgiving than I would a dog.

Turkeys are smart, friendly birds with individual personalities and interests.

Eliza, who is up for "adoption" through our foster parent program, loves trilling turkey songs to visitors.
Although her upper beak has been removed and her toes severed - routine industry procedures that cause chronic and acute pain - she still enjoys her life at Animal Place.

But millions of turkeys don't get a second chance at life - they're hung upside down, electrocuted, slit across the throat, plunged into scalding water, dismembered and ultimately, eaten.

You can help turkeys simply by having a tasty vegetarian feast for Thanksgiving.

Visit www.animalplace.org for details.

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