Tuesday, November 23, 2010
IN DEFENSE OF THE TURKEY
Even when I ate meat, I never really liked turkey. I would only eat it occasionally when it was bundled with other meats on a subway club, and of course, Thanksgiving.
It ranked way down the list behind steak, ham, pork chops...
I better stop I feel sick.
When I gave up meat, I did a lot of research on my new vegan life and especially on animal cruelty. Things that I knew were happening but I chose to ignore because I enjoyed the taste of meat.
I learned many, many disturbing things and one thing that really bugged me was "the turkey thing"
Did you know...
Turkeys are bred, drugged, and genetically manipulated to grow as large as possible as quickly as possible to increase profits. In 1970, the average live turkey raised for meat weighed 17 pounds. Today, he or she weighs 28 pounds. According to one industry publication, modern turkeys grow so quickly that if a 7-pound human baby grew at the same rate, the infant would weigh 1,500 pounds at just 18 weeks of age. Turkeys are now so obese that they cannot reproduce naturally; instead, all the turkeys who are born in the United States today on factory farms are conceived through artificial insemination.
Did you catch that last part?
Because of us, Turkeys cant have sex!
I'm sorry, but that's really f'd up.
cited from Peta.com