Letters to the editor

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This holiday season leave the turkey out of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Today’s turkeys are raised in sheds with thousands of other turkeys and are forced to live with only three square feet of space. Disease and suffering are rampant in these conditions causing the birds to self-mutilate and cannibalize. To counter this, the birds are brutally de-beaked by passing a hot blade through the sensitive beak tissue. This causes lifelong pain and suffering, difficulty with eating and grooming.

Because of close confinement and breathing burning ammonia fumes and lung destroying dust, the turkeys develop respiratory diseases, foot ulcers, breast blisters and ammonia burned eyes.

Turkeys are purposely bred to become grossly obese. Oxygen deprived and grossly overburdened, many turkeys’ hearts explode and they have trouble standing, often fall and are trampled on by other birds. Consumers could possibly eat diseased turkey parts for dinner.

Just to get these stressed birds to slaughter, they are dosed with drugs, vaccines and antibiotics. This practice is a major cause of MRSA, a threat to human health and a cause of the proliferation of antibiotic resistant disease causing germs.

When turkeys reach market weight, they are packed into crates, crowded and trucked to the slaughterhouse. Here, fully conscious turkeys are hung upside down by their feet on metal shackles, suffering pain and terror as they are carried on a conveyor belt to the killing blade. Under federal “humane slaughter” laws, turkeys do not have to be stunned during slaughter. As a result, millions of turkeys are bled to death while conscious. Industry reports also indicate that the slaughter process is often inaccurate. When the bled missed its mark, or the conveyor belt is moving too quickly, the birds are b oiled alive inside the scalding tank.

How about a kitchen free of turkey grease? Send for free delicious gourmet animal-free recipes at magnolia81451@gmail.com.

Barbara Bonsignore

Mooresville

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