TURKEY (“Tis’ the season to be sorry…”)

“The best present a turkey can have at Christmas is the gift of life…”

(from a Hillside Animal Sanctuary Christmas card)


The tender-hearted, trussed

Upside down and terrified

Run free, my brother, my sister!

Killed for a day of Godless gorging

Endlessly persecuted (Evil by any other name)

You will be liberated, one day, poor friend…


Heidi Stephenson


In 2020 at least 15.9 million turkeys were slaughtered in the UK. In the US annual slaughter figures are in excess of 87 million turkey lives: 22 million for ‘Christmas,’ 46 million for ‘Thanksgiving’ and another 19 million for ‘Easter.’ https://www.sidmartinbio.org/how-many-turkeys-are-produced-each-year/

And this is the horrific reality behind our cracker-pulling roasts:




By Heidi Stephenson

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