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March of the Turkeys

Monday, March 20, 2006

Meet Boone, Alfonso & Hershel

Board member Dan Piraro sets the pace on the 100 meter dash.

Board member Dan Piraro sets the pace on the 100 meter dash.

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary has recently taken in 3 large male turkeys that were rescued in 2005 from a man who was selling them on the internet likely to be raised for Thanksgiving dinner. Some compassionate people convinced the seller to surrender the birds and allow them to go to a shelter. Farm Sanctuary in western New York was the first to be called – resulting in the rescue of over 80 turkey peeps who were severely neglected & in extremely poor health. Many of them were underweight and suffering from malnourishment.

Alfonso the turkey sees eye-to-eye with WFAS Director Jenny Brown.

Alfonso the turkey sees eye-to-eye with WFAS Director Jenny Brown.

Record numbers of turkeys are being raised and killed for meat in the U.S. every year. Nearly half a billion turkeys are hatched in the U.S. annually. These birds are typically crowded by the thousands into huge, factory-like warehouses where they can barely move. Each turkey is given less than three square feet to live. Shortly after hatching, turkeys have the ends of their beaks cut off, and have the ends of their toes clipped off. These mutilations are performed without anesthesia, ostensibly to reduce injuries that result when stressed birds are driven to fighting.

Now here and weighing over 30 lbs each, these happy boys have fully recovered and enjoy spending their day wandering around the farm visiting all the animals and following their human companions wherever they go. Please consider sponsoring a turkey!

Now here and weighing over 30 lbs each, these happy boys have fully recovered and enjoy spending their day wandering around the farm visiting all the animals and following their human companions wherever they go. Please consider sponsoring a turkey!

(Photos: Derek Goodwin)

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