Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time for peace and gratitude. But for 46 million turkeys in the U.S. alone, this Thanksgiving will bring pure hell.
The turkeys are raised on crowded, disease-ridden factory farms, and their beaks are painfully cut to the nub so the birds don't attack each other in the cramped quarters. Some baby turkeys starve to death because the pain from the beak-cutting is so unbearable, or because their beak has become too deformed to eat. Those who survive are fattened up to grow far heavier than their natural weight; many are too obese to even walk.
At slaughter time, the torture only gets worse. The turkeys are violently shackled upside-down to a hanging conveyer belt while fully conscious, and dipped into an electrified water bath. Then a mechanized blade cuts off their heads, and the birds are plunged into a scalding water tank. Many are boiled alive because the blade fails to decapitate them.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. Choose delicious, plant-based alternatives for your Thanksgiving table. Most grocery stores carry vegan holiday roasts in the freezer aisle or produce section.
2. Make every day cruelty free! Download LCA’s free Eat Cruelty Free guide to get started.
3. Spread the word! Educate your friends and family on the suffering behind animal products, and share this page on social media. Turkeys and other animals are smart, sensitive beings who don't deserve to be tortured for your plate. This year and every year -- have a cruelty free Thanksgiving!