Around 80 million turkeys are slaughtered in the world for Christmas alone. These Turkeys are often kept in windowless sheds with as many as 25,000 other birds and many young turkeys die before they can learn to reach food and water points. These young birds are dragged through electrically charged water which is supposed to render them unconscious before their necks are cut. At Christmas, ‘Seasonal Slaughterhouses’ are also used and many turkeys will be killed by having their necks dislocated, even though studies show that this does not usually kill them instantly.
Who was it that decided we all needed to make roast potatoes with goose fat? A few celebrity chefs make a fuss about it and all of a sudden people are bringing yet another dead animal to the table, instead of making wonderfully tasty roasties with vegetable oils.
Around 40 million geese and ducks were killed for chritmas last year alone for their meat, fat and feathers and many geese suffer additional pain and distress because they are killed in facilities designed to handle much smaller birds.
Pigs are smarter than Dogs. They are sweet pets too. However nearly 90 million pigs were slaughtered for Chrismas annually. Sows (female pigs) produce around 40 to 70 piglets before they become exhausted and are slaughtered (aged three to five years) for sausages, pork pies and other low-quality products. Piglets living in overcrowded, poorly lit pens with no bedding can become bored and aggressive (can you blame them?). The farmer’s solution is to clip their teeth and dock their tails and there’s no legal requirement to use a vet if it is done in the first few days after birth.
Nearly 30Mn Cows are slaughtered to be served at Christmas meals globally. Sadly India is one of the main supplier of Beef to American and European market although cows are considered a holly animal in India. America, Canada and Australia are the biggest consumers of beef.
You might hesitate to believe but more than one Billion (1Bn) Chickens are killed just to celebrate Christmas. World population as at today is close to 7.5 Bn and we kill more than 1Bn Chickens just for Christmas is a scary number right ?
Billy Atkinson - Nevada
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