FACT: More than 45 million turkeys are slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving.
Just in time for the holidays, PETA's Thanksgiving video, "Thanks!" takes viewers on a harrowing journey with one boy and a group of turkeys, all destined to become holiday meals. Watch now!
For most birds headed to the dinner table, the first time that they feel the sun on their feathers is on their way to the slaughterhouse, where they are hung upside down by their weak and crippled legs before their heads are dragged through an electrified "stunning tank," which immobilizes them but does not kill them.
Many of the terrified birds dodge the tank and, therefore, are completely conscious when their throats are slit. If the blade fails to slit the birds' throats properly, they are scalded alive in the tank of hot water that's used for feather removal.
Turkeys are intelligent, social creatures who enjoy listening to music, and younger turkeys bond closely with their parents. In nature, young turkeys typically stay with their mothers for the first five months of their lives. Knowing how much we have in common with turkeys, it's hard to watch this video without thinking, "What if someone did this to me?"
YOU CAN HELP!
Now is your chance to give turkeys something to be thankful for this holiday season! Pledge not to eat turkeys on Thanksgiving—or any other day!
Pledge Not to Eat Turkeys!
Full Pledge Text:
This holiday season, I want to give animals something to be thankful for. By signing my name, I pledge not to eat turkeys on Thanksgiving or any other day!