Christ­mas turkeys suf­fer painful lives and deaths

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY -

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

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IF YOU HAP­PEN TO BE A FAC­TORY-FARMED TUR­KEY IT IS ONE OF THE UNHAPPIEST TIMES OF THE YEAR. JENNY MOXHAM

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