15 Tweetable Facts About Turkeys
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15 Tweetable Facts About Turkeys

Turkeys are fascinating birds, and like all animals, they deserve to be kept off the table this (and every) Christmas.

Turkeys are friends not food!

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Here are some things that you might not know about them:

  1. Turkeys are protective, intelligent animals with distinct personalities. Tweet this.
  2. About 25 thousand tonnes of turkey carcasses were produced in the UK in October 2012 – equivalent to the weight of 154 jumbo jets. Tweet this.
  3. Ten years is a turkey’s natural lifespan, but on factory farms, they’re slaughtered when they’re only 5 months old. Tweet this.
  4. Eating turkey is definitely not good for you – more than half the calories in turkey meat come from fat. Tweet this.
  5. Farmed turkeys are bred to have such large breasts that they can’t mate naturally and sometimes can barely walk. Tweet this.
  6. The cruel practice of beak-trimming is still endemic in the UK – even among “free-range” birds. Tweet this.
  7. Bringing turkey meat into your home could put your family at risk of bird flu. Tweet this.
  8. Paul McCartney, Anne Hathaway and Bill Clinton are just some of the celebs who won’t be tucking into turkey on December 25. Tweet this.
  9. Every December, 4,500 people in the UK get food poisoning because of campylobacter bacteria found in turkey and chicken meat. Tweet this.
  10. A typical UK turkey has, on average, a living space two-thirds the size of an opened broadsheet newspaper. Tweet this.
  11. It takes 11 times more fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie from animal protein (like turkey) as it does to produce 1 calorie from plant protein. Tweet this.
  12. Wild turkeys can fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour and have a 360-degree field of vision. Tweet this.
  13. Turkeys recognise each other by their unique voices and 20 distinct vocalisations. Tweet this.
  14. In their natural environment, turkeys are omnivores, but on factory farms, they’re fed only corn-based grain feed laced with antibiotics. Tweet this

    And, finally …

  16. There are tons of tasty turkey-free recipes that make it easy to enjoy a delicious and cruelty-free Christmas dinner! Tweet this.

Hopefully, some of these facts will inspire you to consider a vegan menu this Christmas and take our vegan pledge. And help us spread the word – please tweet and share so that more people get the message that meat-free is the way to go!

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  1. avatar Brien Comerford says:

    Turkeys are amazing and wondrous creatures of God and to kill them is an affront to the Creator.

    • avatar Wowzers says:

      #15 on this list should be as follows:
      Turkeys are smarter than brainless losers who kill animals for no reason while attacking people who kill animals for any reason!

  2. avatar Andrea says:

    Turkeys are food who deserve to LIVE as well becouse they are ALIVE , thats why they come to this world

  3. Good,
    Keep appreciating Veg as food

    also One big Idea could compare when human will feel if their child killed in front of them and eaten by humans only

  4. Good,
    Keep appreciating Veg as food

    also One big Idea could compare when human will feel if their child killed in front of them and eaten by humans only

    I am veg and always will be in my this birth

  5. avatar Jemma Thompson says:

    I’m not going to eat turkey this year, or ever again.

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