Turkey Rescued as Vegan Activists Rushed to the Scene of Trailer Crash

Posted by on December 12, 2017 | Permalink

An accident last week caused a trailer carrying turkeys destined to be slaughtered for Christmas dinners to overturn near Junction 5 of the M5 with the A38 at Wychbold. The accident caused the terrified birds immense suffering and killed a number of them. Vegan activists rushed to the scene of the crash to try to help.


One of the activists cradled a distressed turkey and refused to let the police or the workers take him to his death. Activists were eventually allowed to take the turkey to safety. Speaking to Plant-Based News, activist on the scene Ed Winters remarked, “Saving one animal won’t change the world, but for that animal, their entire world has changed.”

© Earthling Ed

Now, PETA has sent a letter to Worcestershire County Council Leader Simon Geraghty asking for approval to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene.

The tribute would feature an image of a turkey along with the words “In Memorys of the Turkeys Who Suffered and Died in a Trailer Accident at This Spot – Try Vegan.” It would remind all drivers, including those with animals on board, to slow down and travel safely – while also pointing out that everyone can prevent abattoir-bound vehicles from travelling along the motorway by choosing vegan meals.

© Earthling Ed

This crash left animals suffering on an already-terrifying trip to the abattoir for nothing more than a Christmas dinner. In the wild, turkeys can live for up to 10 years, but those killed for food are normally slaughtered between 12 and 26 weeks of age. The young birds are often hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause full-body tremors. Some are still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re lowered into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

You can help spare turkeys like the ones in Worcestershire by choosing a vegan roast this Christmas.