(THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is necessary we re-evaluate our traditions. Purchasing a Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving dinner condones cruel procedures that have forever destroyed the natural abilities of these once wild animals.

In order to create the meatiest birds, farmers breed large-breasted turkeys. As a result of this superficial process, it is impossible for any factory-born turkey to mate naturally. The feathered animals’ pectoral muscles are so overgrown that they can not physically connect with a turkey of the opposite sex.

Turkeys have been so manipulated by farmers to produce the best Thanksgiving dinner meat that they can no longer mate naturally. Photo Credit: Andrea Goh via flickr

Turkey farmers, however, continue to meet cruelty with cruelty. After creating this unnatural and selfish situation, they only continue to harm the species in order to meet the November demands for a meat centerpiece by using a violating process of artificial insemination.

As Butterball Turkey AI director claims, “The turkey is a creation of modern science and industry.”

In conducting an undercover observation, a reporter for United Poultry Concerns, an activist group that campaigns for poultry welfare, applied for a job in the artificial insemination faction of Butterball Turkey. The reporter’s discovery was appalling.

Male turkeys are forcefully milked with a vacuum for their semen, which is then inserted by tube into a struggling hen’s cloaca. The process of inseminating a hen is appropriately called “breaking.” The female is held chest and legs down while her tail is yanked upward to provide opportunity for a metal insertion to be jabbed into their “vent.” It sounds like human-induced, technology rape to me.

Approximately 6,000 hens are broken everyday in the AI district of Butterball Turkey. “Breaking” hens is a self-indulgent and human created solution for a human caused problem. I am sure these turkeys have nothing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, or ever for that matter.

— Dori Edwards, exclusive to Global Animal

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