posted on Nov, 22 2004 @ 09:35 PM
Every year millions of turkeys are sacrificed in order that Americans can show their thanks. How about all people NOT have turkey this year - the
following facts from the PETA site might be of interest to ATS members. Let's give the turkeys something to be thankful for too?
"More than 45 million turkeys are killed every year for Thanksgiving alone, and more than 300 million are killed for food throughout the year in the
United States. These beautiful, inquisitive, intelligent birds endure lives of suffering and painful deaths.
Did you know?
• Factory-farmed birds are fed antibiotics and have been purposely bred to gain an enormous amount of weight in a short period of time. This
leads to heart attacks, crippled feet, and painful, swollen joints. The bones and leg muscles of many birds give out under the weight of their huge
upper-bodies, and countless others are barely able to stand.
• On factory farms, turkeys live for months in sheds where they are packed so tightly that flapping a wing or stretching a leg is nearly
impossible. Most are given no more than three and a half square feet of space. They stand in waste, and urine and ammonia fumes burn their eyes and
• To keep the
overcrowded birds from scratching and pecking each other to death, part of their beaks and toes are sliced off with hot blades, and no anesthetics are
• Millions of people become sick and thousands die each year from eating contaminated flesh. Studies indicate that one out of every eight
turkeys is infected with salmonella bacteria.
• Turkey contains no fiber but has lots of fat and cholesterol. For example, a roasted turkey’s leg contains 724.5 milligrams of
cholesterol and derives 42 percent of its calories from fat—more than many cuts of beef."
In case you haven't guessed a vegetarian here - Tofurkey dinner here on thanksgiving.
[edit on 22-11-2004 by Mynaeris]