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Turkeys: Factory-Farmed Torture on the Holiday Table | PETA.org

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Life or Lunch?

Benjamin Franklin called the turkey “a bird of courage” and “a true original native of America.”(1) He had tremendous respect for turkeys‘ resourcefulness, agility, and beauty, and he thought that the turkey should be the national bird of the U.S. Franklin was referring to wild turkeys, who can fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour, run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, and live for approximately10 years.(2,3)

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A British study found that turkeys showed a preference for different kinds of music and sounds, and a poultry scientist said, “If you throw an apple to a group of turkeys, they’ll play with it together.”(4,5) Some turkey farmers admit that the birds show “signs of personality.”(6) Hunters are advised that wild turkeys are “wary” and will “test your wits as they are rarely tested in modern life.”(7) The millions of turkeys who end up on…

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