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Turkeys

Buck Tradition and Ditch the Turkey!

By Dr Justine Butler, Senior Health Researcher & Writer, Viva!

Recent figures published by Defra in October 2014 showed that around 17 million turkeys were slaughtered in the UK over the previous 12 months. That number of people could fill Wembley Stadium nearly 200 times over! The majority of these unfortunate birds are killed for the Christmas dinner table. However, one of the key results of this Defra report was that the number of turkeys killed in the UK was 15 per cent lower than this time last year. At a time when it is universally agreed that we need to be eating less animal produce, are we finally beginning to get the message? Most meat-eaters admit they don’t even like turkey. So are they opting for duck, goose or one of those hideous monstrosities where they jam one bird into another and then another? Or are we moving towards making a healthier and kinder choice and going for the nut roast or chestnut wellington?

10/12/2014

Taken during the Viva! investigation of Moorfield Poultry Farm, Alvechurch, Birmingham (Saturday, November 15, 2008).

Taken during the Viva! investigation of Moorfield Poultry Farm, Alvechurch, Birmingham (Saturday, November 15, 2008).

Taken during the Viva! investigation of Moorfield Poultry Farm, Alvechurch, Birmingham (Saturday, November 15, 2008).

Bristol shoppers to "feather" turkey in veggie Christmas pledge

SHOPPERS in Bristol will be encouraged to go veggie this Christmas by adding their names to a giant turkey pledge on Wednesday in the city centre. People will be able to sign special paper feathers, which will be placed on a large visual display, as part of the seasonal campaign by Bristol-based animal group Viva!. Free leaflets and information on going veggie and what Viva! call a compassionate Christmas, will also be available. Viva! are calling on consumers to help bring Peace to ALL by not eating turkey or any other animal this Christmas.

"Freedom Foods turkeys" covered in blood

THOUSANDS of turkeys destined for dinner tables across the UK have been discovered in "appalling" conditions during a recent undercover investigation. Many birds filmed by vegetarian campaigning group Viva! had leg deformities and injuries, with some birds demonstrating difficulty walking. Others had facial injuries including bloody, wounded snoods. The Midlands farm, owned by Attwells and Seafield Pedigrees claims to be RSPCA Freedom Foods Accredited*. Findings have prompted tough criticism of the scheme, from Viva! as it supposedly represents high animal welfare standards.

Bath shoppers to "feather" turkey in veggie Christmas pledge

SHOPPERS in Bath will be encouraged to go veggie this Christmas by adding their names to a giant turkey pledge on Wednesday in the city centre. People will be able to sign special paper feathers, which will be placed on a large visual display, as part of the seasonal campaign by Bristol-based animal group Viva!. Free leaflets and information on going veggie and what Viva! call a compassionate Christmas, will also be available. Viva! are calling on consumers to help bring Peace to ALL by not eating turkey or any other animal this Christmas.

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