45 Million Turkeys Eaten On Thanksgiving

November 25, 2011 by staff 

45 Million Turkeys Eaten On Thanksgiving, 45-million turkeys are slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving alone. Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen is trying to put a dent in that number.

They want more Americans to have what they call, a compassionate Thanksgiving. These turkeys have a new home at Farm Sanctuary but they almost ended up on someone’s plate tonight.

“A lot of the people who meet these animals, stop eating the animal,” says Suzie Coston, national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary.

For the past 25 years, Farm Sanctuary’s “Adopt-A-Turkey” program has saved hundreds of turkeys from slaughterhouses. The farm animal rescue group takes dozens of turkeys in and then allows people to adopt them for a small fee, so the turkeys can live out their lives in Watkins Glen.

Organizers say it’s all about teaching compassion.

“Not only are they like learning about where they’re food comes from, they’re also learning this are individual animals with personalities and hopefully that will make them change how they view them and I’m hoping that makes them stop eating them,” says Coston.

Each year, Farm Sanctuary hosts a celebration for the turkeys during Thanksgiving week.

These ladies are treated to pumpkin pie, cranberry salad and butternut squash. While they’re not fond of eating at tables, the turkeys manage to get their fill.

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