PETA Launches Petition Opposing Turkey Prison

For Immediate Release:

14 December 2017


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Group Notes That in Addition to Causing Animals Terrible Suffering, the Farm Could Have Adverse Effects on the Environment and Local Community

Staffordshire, West Midlands – A proposal has been submitted for a new intensive turkey farm to be built in Staffordshire that would condemn 60,000 gentle birds a year to a miserable life and terrifying death and in response, PETA has launched a petition urging South Staffordshire Council to reject the plan.

In the petition, the group points out that in addition to causing cruelty to animals on a massive scale, a farm of this kind would likely have many negative effects on the local area, including noise from high-velocity roof fans, increased traffic from heavy goods vehicles on narrow country roads, and the generation of environmental pollutants such as ammonia. Huge quantities of manure produced on site could also potentially contaminate surrounding water sources and land and have a detrimental impact on wildlife.

“If this plan goes ahead, 20,000 turkeys at a time will be crammed into a crowded, stressful environment where they’ll be denied the chance to do anything that comes naturally to them, such as foraging, roosting, and moving freely,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling for the proposal to be rejected, sparing thousands of birds a lifetime of suffering and an agonising death.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that in nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 25 miles per hour. In the wild, they live for up to 10 years, but those killed for food are normally slaughtered at between 12 and 26 weeks of age. The young birds are often hung from metal shackles by their feet and dragged through an electrified bath that can cause full-body tremors. Some are still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re placed into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

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