Saved! Happy Christmas for Two Turkeys After Tasteless Radio Poll

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DSC_0365 Two turkeys’ fates hung in the balance this week, after a tacky and irresponsible publicity stunt by Oxford radio station JACK fm asked listeners to vote on whether to “keep it” or “cook it” in an online poll. Threatening animals’ lives for the purpose of “entertainment” is unacceptable. Fortunately for these two birds – tastelessly named “Sage” and “Onion” – the poll was soon overwhelmed by thousands of people, including Brian May, who voted for a better outcome for the turkeys. Today, we stepped in to help ensure that they will indeed be given the safe, permanent home that they deserve. The turkeys have just arrived at Hopefield Animals Sanctuary in Brentwood, Essex, which is supported by lovely vegan singer Leona Lewis. DSC_0359 DSC_0404 “Christmas is a time of goodwill, and I’m glad that sentiment has been extended to these two turkeys”, Leona says. In honour of their celebrity benefactors, the two turkeys will be renamed Brian and Leona! In nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 40 kilometres per hour. Turkeys in the wild can live up to 10 years, but those in the meat industry are normally slaughtered between 12 and 26 weeks of age. The young birds are hung from metal shackles attached to their feet and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause them to have full-body tremors. Sometimes the turkeys are still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re placed into a bath of scalding-hot water that’s used to remove their feathers. You can also save turkeys this year by leaving them off your dinner plate and celebrating a merry veggie Christmas! Check out our guide to a plant-based Christmas dinner for ideas and recipes.



  • Luneau Anna commented on December 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm


  • Tulin commented on December 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Well done peta.hope they can all be saved poor animals.plz people help animals.nit in any ones right to do this.

  • mariana buzasi commented on December 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    brutal abnormal,bestial,barn´barbar,,no human!!!

    • Raymond Lilley commented on January 5, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      NOT bestial , that equates to animals……..these ‘people’ are LESS than animals

  • francesco commented on December 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Freedom, wellbeing and happiness, that’s what animals deserve. Well done Peta!

  • azza elsherbini commented on December 26, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This must stopped in all countries and all times

  • azza elsherbini commented on December 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Please help to stop this cruelty not Christmas only but all time in the whole year and in all over the world

  • Lucy commented on December 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Yay, brilliant, thank God these lovely animals were saved! Well done peta, these disgusting events for ‘entertainment’ most be stopped all over the world!

  • JACQUELINE MCKAY commented on January 5, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Really happy for these turkeys. I wish all the others could be as lucky as them. If only people could stop eating meat altogether, what a much better world it would be.

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