50,000 slaughtered everyday at one factory alone; What a way to celebrate peace on earth..
In December 2000, we released the shocking findings of an undercover investigation into the Christmas turkey industry:-
This gruesome evidence was secretly filmed by an Animal Defenders Field Officer working as a ‘plucker’ or ‘hanger’ at several different establishments in Norfolk, Essex and Surrey. The Animal Defenders collected information at five turkey slaughterhouses and an intensive turkey farm, during November and December last year, implicating some of the top names in turkey production and revealing the source of turkeys for major supermarkets and other prestigious outlets.
Jan Creamer of the Animal Defenders notes, “At a time when we should be celebrating compassion and calling for peace on earth, the traditional Christmas dinner has become a tragic celebration of gluttony and animal suffering. These birds have been bred to be overweight and are killed at just a few weeks old.”
"Many people who enjoy what is regarded as the Christmas dinner will be horrified to learn of the suffering that brought it to their dinner plate. If they heard about a religious festival in some far off land in which millions of animals are denied daylight, fresh air, and then after a few weeks are brutally killed, they would be horrified. But this is happening here, this week.”
What YOU can do
An initial report and video was presented to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, and the Farm Animal Welfare Council in December. This has been followed with a report detailing specific areas of concern.