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.
Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
Here are some things that you might not know about them:
- Turkeys are protective, intelligent animals with distinct personalities. Tweet this.
- 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.
- Ten years is a turkey’s natural lifespan, but on factory farms, they’re slaughtered when they’re only 5 months old. Tweet this.
- Eating turkey is definitely not good for you – more than half the calories in turkey meat come from fat. Tweet this.
- Farmed turkeys are bred to have such large breasts that they can’t mate naturally and sometimes can barely walk. Tweet this.
- The cruel practice of beak-trimming is still endemic in the UK – even among “free-range” birds. Tweet this.
- Bringing turkey meat into your home could put your family at risk of bird flu. Tweet this.
- 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.
- Every December, 4,500 people in the UK get food poisoning because of campylobacter bacteria found in turkey and chicken meat. Tweet this.
- A typical UK turkey has, on average, a living space two-thirds the size of an opened broadsheet newspaper. Tweet this.
- 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.
- Wild turkeys can fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour and have a 360-degree field of vision. Tweet this.
- Turkeys recognise each other by their unique voices and 20 distinct vocalisations. Tweet this.
- In their natural environment, turkeys are omnivores, but on factory farms, they’re fed only corn-based grain feed laced with antibiotics. Tweet this
- There are tons of tasty turkey-free recipes that make it easy to enjoy a delicious and cruelty-free Christmas dinner! Tweet this.
And, finally …
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!