Celebrate ‘ThanksLiving’ to Honor Turkeys Everywhere

Turkeys are intelligent, social beings, with their own unique personalities as varied as humans. At SASHA Farm they are attached to their caregivers, and often greet their human friends with love and affection, sometimes making low purring noises and snuggling in laps.

Here are some interesting facts about turkeys:

  • Turkeys enjoy having their feathers stroked and like listening to music, with which they’ll often loudly sing along.
  • In nature, they can fly 55 miles an hour, run 35 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years.
  • Turkeys are social creatures that form tight bonds. If a turkey is removed from their flock, they will squawk in protest until reunited with their friends. When reunited, they will dance.
  • Turkeys see three times more clearly than you do. They also have a 270-degree field of vision.
  • Turkeys like to look their best. When they’re not being forced to live in filth on factory farms, they like to groom their feathers with dust baths and preening.
Here is beautiful Fiona, living happily at SASHA Farm. She wandered in and never left! Ellie the emu (behind) is one of her best pals.

But instead of living long and happy lives, which can be up to 10 years in the wild or at sanctuaries such as SASHA Farm, most turkeys are raised for holiday dinners on factory farms, slaughtered before they are 6 months old. Thousands of them are packed into dark sheds with no more than 3.5 square feet of space per bird. They’re genetically bred to grow as quickly as possible, and often become crippled under their own weight. They are never allowed to be themselves or know the good lives they would have if respected and honored as sentient beings on this planet.

An astounding 35 million are slaughtered at Thanksgiving in the US and 250 million over the entire holiday season. It is our hope that one day Thanksgiving won’t be celebrated with the killing of millions of our feathered friends. Until that day, we will continue to advocate for their precious lives.

What can you do to help keep turkey off the table and give them the opportunity to live out their lives in safety? There are many plant-based dishes that all family members can enjoy, easily found on websites such One Green Planet, PETA, and many others. We will also be posting some of those recipes on our Facebook page over the next few days. Also, you can sponsor a turkey now or anytime during the year at SASHA Farm. Inquire at sponsorships@sashafarm.org. And, speak up for your feathered friends – share your love for turkeys with others who know little about these beautiful birds.

Here’s Jack (actually a ‘she’ despite her name). She was brought to SASHA Farm by a volunteer who rescued her from a local farmer in over his head.