Cruelty in the
Animal Industry:
Living creatures being treated as mass-producing machines
    Turkeys





The chicks in this picture, whose flesh will be marketed
as "free-range", have had their beaks painfully seared
off with a hot blade, with no pain relief. Like many
"free-range" and "organic" animals, these young
turkeys are crowded together in a filthy shed and will
not see the sun or breathe fresh air until the day
they're loaded onto trucks bound for the
slaughterhouse.

After they are debeaked, turkeys are crammed
into enormous sheds: The air is laden with
ammonia and is filled with particulate dust from
feces and feathers that grates their lungs with
every breath. Turkeys are bred and drugged to
grow so quickly they often become crippled under
their own weight. In fact, modern turkeys are so
top-heavy that they can no longer mate naturally;
all turkeys used for their flesh are the products of
forced artificial insemination.
 
After about six months, the animals are grabbed by their delicate legs and slammed into crates on transport trucks,
where they will travel for many miles through all weather extremes without food or water to the slaughterhouse. Many
turkeys die before they reach their final destination. There are no laws regulating the transport of farmed animals on
trucks. People who live near factory farms or slaughterhouses often report seeing dead or dying animals who have
fallen off trucks on the side of the road.