Give Turkeys a Reason to Say “Thanks!”

My husband and I first stopped eating animals for health reasons, but then we watched the movie, Vegucated, and were shocked to learn about how horribly animals are treated on factory farms. For some reason, I never thought about the suffering of animals before watching this movie. I don’t judge others for eating animals because it’s something I did for most of my life. Still, I think awareness is important. I’m not one to post gruesome photos of abused animals on my blog, but I thought this short cartoon Stacy posted gets the point across in a lighthearted way. I hope you’ll take a minute and a half of your time to give it a look.

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FACT: More than 45 million turkeys are slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving.

Just in time for the holidays, PETA’s Thanksgiving video, “Thanks!” takes viewers on a harrowing journey with one boy and a group of turkeys, all destined to become holiday meals. Watch above now!

For most birds headed to the dinner table, the first time that they feel the sun on their feathers is on their way to the slaughterhouse, where they are hung upside down by their weak and crippled legs before their heads are dragged through an electrified “stunning tank,” which immobilizes them but does not kill them.

Many of the terrified birds dodge the tank and, therefore, are completely conscious when their throats are slit. If the blade fails to slit the birds’ throats properly, they are scalded alive in the tank of hot water that’s used for feather removal.

Turkeys are intelligent, social creatures who…

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Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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10 Responses to Give Turkeys a Reason to Say “Thanks!”

  1. xbox2121 says:

    I already follow this blog 🙂

  2. My Nanowrimo Novel this year was about this. What if it were humans instead of animals that were treated like this? (A serial killer in Canada actually did abduct women and treat them like pigs and he’d grind their meat up and mixed it with the ground pork. Customers were none the wiser.)

    Though even in cartoon form, I was absolutely disgusted and looking away at certain parts. Yet, I can watch any horror film because I know that’s “not true” while this happens daily across the country.

    • Hey Janice! The cartoon bothered me too!! How cool that you wrote about this with your Nanowrimo Novel. I don’t really understand the whole Nanowrimo thing, but I’d like to see what you wrote. Is it posted on your blog? Let me know! Celeste 🙂

      • No, it’s still sort of a mess because the idea of Nanowrimo is that you write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. So, it’s sort of ramblings right now.

        I’m hoping to work on editing it throughout the year and hopefully by next September (that’s my goal), I’ll be able to post up the whole novel in full!

    • Oh, okay. Please send me the link when you do post it so that I don’t miss it!!!! 🙂

  3. diahannreyes says:

    My BF and I will check this out. Thank you. I am in the middle of watching Blackfish now– so disturbing!

  4. carmen says:

    Thanks for your dedication and sharing your story (as well as other people’s stories) of how you and your husband began a healthy, cruelty-free lifestyle.

    The numbers of turkeys slaughtered for Thanksgiving is staggering!!! It is so strange for me to think that a holiday that should promote thankfulness for harvest (of produce) and life, causes so much cruelty and death!!! Make me very sad.

    ♥ carmen

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