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EXPOSING UK TURKEY FARMING

Turkeys are innately curious and playful animals, who explore their environments by pecking, digging and foraging. Yet the intensification of turkey farming has restricted their most basic instincts. They have been selectively bred to grow so big and so fast, that their legs and lungs buckle under the strain. During our investigation, dead birds were found trodden into the waste-sodden litter.

Farmed turkeys experience high levels of stress and anxiety, which leads to aggression and boredom – manifesting in injurious pecking and cannibalism. Beak tipping is a routine practice that removes the end of the turkey’s beak, shortly after birth, in order to reduce the severity of pecking injuries; but is a wholly inadequate and cruel management strategy.

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Overcrowding, selective breeding, and lack of environmental enrichment means millions of factory farmed turkeys in the UK endure short, miserable lives. Here we expose the truth behind turkey factory farming to encourage you to leave turkey's off your plate this Christmas.

For many people, a festive meal isn’t complete without a roast turkey as the centrepiece.

But what a lot may not realise is how much suffering these birds endure throughout the journey from farm to table.

Around 15 million turkeys are killed annually in the UK, the majority of which are intensively reared in indoor production systems, inside large sheds housing up to 25,000 of them.

To maximize profits, turkeys on factory farms are bred to grow so quickly that they often become immobilized under their own weight. They reach “market size” in just 18 weeks. Yes, you read that right. The turkeys we eat today have been bred to go from birth to slaughter in less than 5 months' time.

Lets keep animals off our plates and choose kindness, go vegan.

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CAN YOU WATCH HOW YOUR CHRISTMAS DINNER IS MADE?

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WATCH OUR LIBERATED TURKEYS HIT FREEDOM AT THE SANCTUARY

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