Christmas turkeys suffer painful lives and deaths
THE Christmas decorations are up.
The tree is trimmed. Shopping centres are crammed with people buying gifts for loved ones. What a happy time of the year this is! Or is it? If you happen to be a factory-farmed turkey it is one of the unhappiest times of the year.
Barely able to move in their tightly packed sheds, the millions of turkeys destined for Christmas dinner are finding that, with every passing day, their suffering intensifies.
As the ammonia in the air increases so does the burning in their eyes and lungs. And lying on the ammonia laden faecal matter is increasingly burning their feet, legs and breasts.
Because of the abnormal way they are bred, farmed turkeys also suffer from swollen joints, crippled legs, degeneration of the hip joints and crippled
feet. Their deaths will be violent, terrifying and agonising.
Why do so many of us fail to see the incongruity of celebrating the birth of the “Prince of Peace” by subjecting these gentle and peaceful animals to this enormous suffering? Jenny Moxham Monbulk, Vic
IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A FACTORY-FARMED TURKEY IT IS ONE OF THE UNHAPPIEST TIMES OF THE YEAR. JENNY MOXHAM