Thanksgiving, a time for love, kindness, family and being grateful, so why is it that this holiday celebrates one of the most horrific industries in our country? I’m talking about turkeys and the beloved American tradition of stuffing the backside of a corpse for consumption. Sounds pretty messed up when you call it what it really is, doesn’t it?
For me, this time of year sheds light on the fact that American consumers really don’t understand where their food comes from, and while you’re proudly showing off your Butterball turkey, all I see on that plate is suffering, and that’s no reason to celebrate.
An estimated 46 million turkeys die each year just for Thanksgiving, and since Butterball is the number one producer of these turkeys, I thought you should know how their company really operates. Here are some findings from a Mercy for Animals investigation:
- Injured birds being dropped into a macerator to be ground up alive
- Workers carelessly throwing, dropping, and shoving baby birds with no regard for their welfare
- Turkeys having their toes and beaks cut and burned off without any painkillers
- Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries
- Turkeys covered in flies, living in their own waste, with some unable to access food or water and suffering from severe feather loss
These are only a few of their findings. I urge you to click here to find out more.
Yes, these facts and images are disturbing, but turning a blind eye will not solve the problem. We need to act to end the cruelty and suffering. Please, please leave turkeys off your plate this Thanksgiving.