Christmas and Thanksgiving are festivals of death not life.
Turkeys do not deserve to be considered "things" to kill for no other reason than the passing moment of taste in mouths.
There is nothing we need from the bodies or lives of any animal.
Except their forgiveness.
A vegan world is the only compassionate respectful of life world to have.
why kill her..?
when it is easy to eat this ! and healthier and less destructive to the planet ! wildlife ! less pollution !
5th March 2017 Breaking News Medical World ! USA Cardiology medics again state officially
"Plant based proteins are significantly more heart-healthy compared to animal proteins"
TOFU...is a plant food that like a sponge absorbs better than dead flesh spices sauces etc and is healthy as none of the animal fats antibiotics etc and most of all NO BRED TO BE KILLED when babies deaths involved of animals !
Summary of Year End Accounts done...written 22nd December 2017 The day after the 21st December the shortest daylight day of the year. It is upwards and more light from today onwards !
There will be/is a reckoning...as to WHY we choose to kill...for no other reason than habits of taste...when we know it harms us...the planet..causes others to starve...destroys wildlife...pollutes the planet...
CHRISTMAS RESCUED TURKEYS arrive in Pulford Chester Cheshire to become VEGAN ACTIVISTS..time people got to know WHO was that unrecognisable piece of dead body on their plates that they do not need to live healthily...http://vegan-information.com/Black_Christmas_Bronze_Turkeys_Vegan_Activists.html we do not realise or associate what we eat with a living person. TOFURKY is EASILY far tastier and healthier than dead bodies as food !
BREAKING NEWSFLASH 22 NOVEMBER 2017...not only in Knightsbridge is there now growing VEGAN FOOD in supermarkets ROSSETT VILLAGE STORES in NORTH WALES CYMRU EUROPE before BREXIT also ! The Future is...VEGAN ! http://vegan-information.com/Rossett_Village_Store_North_Wales_Cymru_Wrecsam_Vegan.html
Peace on Earth...starts with removing VIOLENCE from our plates. Christmas, Xmas, Hannuka etc religious festivals if celebrations of DEATH on PLATES are irrelevant. http://vegan-information.com/Peace_on_Earth.html
Little Tyke was a Vegan Lioness by choice ...famous in the USA...ALL animals can become VEGAN it is all about nutrition needs to thrive ! http://vegan-information.com/Vegan_Rescue_Kitten_New_Little_Tyke_Midnight_Hannukah_Capricorn.html
Not only is VEGAN PLANT BASED natural food mean NO KILL NO DEATHS needed of animals nor their being bred to suffer...it is WIN WIN as healthier for us humans too ! and better for saving what remains of wild life that has been driven to extinction due mainly to habitat loss due to animal agriculture crop growing needs and desertification caused by climate change caused mostly by animal agriculture ! let alone the POLLUTION animal agriculture causes destroying marine life the air we breath and the land ! I was astonished to learn...that 3 thousand cows cause more pollution/excrement than a city of half a million people ! where does all that shit and urine and gasses go ? what goes around comes around common sense !
5th March 2017 Breaking News Medical World ! USA Cardiology medics again state officially
"Plant based proteins are significantly more heart-healthy compared to animal proteins"
"Animal Flesh and Products are simply Processed Plants with Additives, so destructive, inefficient, unhealthy and unnecessarily cruel to all animals, humans included, going Vegan makes perfect sense"...My Personal Quotation Noelle Obcarskas ! Meat and using animals is a choosing to make a choice to kill someone else...that involves taking away choice...from the victims.
I became Vegan ! after Decades of Ignorance, Stupidity, Bad Habits due to Selfishness and Arrogance.
http://vegan-information.com/Why_and_How_I_Went_Vegan.html it was because of my DOGS that I went VEGAN ! my bitch got stomache ulcers...heading to breed speciality maybe of stomache cancer...digestion of flesh needs more ACID in the stomache...so as in humans causes often stomache cancers..the vets said go vegan...got Royal Canin vegan kibble which in line with most "special" health cure kibbles of vets is plant based not flesh...called often also "hypoallergic" or word like that (hypoallergenic yes loads of dogs are now allergic to flesh poultry beef lamb full of antibiotics and crap of course even gmo soy is in the cattle feed so gets processed in the flesh ).
Most vet shelves kibbles for cats and dogs if non vegan are anyway 80 percent plants...it is the 20 percent nasty content that causes the most problems health wise. When I saw...my dogs healthy coats and energy...I thought...hey up...need to do this myself hey ! just look at those examples of superb coats...wish I had hair like that lol wink wink !
Wild turkey in flight
Despite their weight, wild turkeys, unlike their domesticated counterparts, are agile fliers. In ideal habitat of open woodland or wooded grasslands, they may fly beneath the canopy top and find perches. They usually fly close to the ground for no more than 400 m (a quarter mile).
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Wild Turkey (disambiguation).
|Male (tom) wild turkey displaying|
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The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is an upland ground bird native toNorth America and is the heaviest member of the diverse Galliformes. It is the same species as the domestic turkey, which was originally derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of wild turkey (not the relatedocellated turkey). Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name from the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain. The British at the time therefore associated the wild turkey with the country Turkey and the name prevails.
Turkeys have many vocalizations: "gobbles", "clucks", "putts", "purrs", "yelps", "cutts", "whines", "cackles", and "kee-kees". In early spring, males older than 1-year-old (sometimes called gobblers or toms) and, occasionally to a lesser extent, males younger than 1-year-old (sometimes called jakes) gobble to announce their presence to females and competing males. The gobble can carry for up to a mile. Males also emit a low-pitched "drumming" sound; produced by the movement of air in the air sack in the chest, similar to the booming of a prairie chicken. In addition they produce a sound known as the "spit" which is a sharp expulsion of air from this air sack. Hens "yelp" to let gobblers know their location. Gobblers often yelp in the manner of females, and hens can gobble, though they rarely do so. Immature males, called jakes, often yelp.
Hen with poults
Wild turkeys are omnivorous, foraging on the ground or climbing shrubs and small trees to feed. They prefer eating acorns, nuts and other hardmast of various trees, including hazel, chestnut, hickory, and pinyon pineas well as various seeds, berries such as juniper and bearberry, roots andinsects. Turkeys also occasionally consume amphibians and smallreptiles such as lizards and snakes. Poults have been observed eating insects, berries, and seeds. Wild turkeys often feed in cow pastures, sometimes visit back yard bird feeders, and favor croplands after harvest to scavenge seeds on the ground. Turkeys are also known to eat a wide variety of grasses.
Turkey populations can reach large numbers in small areas because of their ability to forage for different types of food. Early morning and late afternoon are the desired times for eating.
Nest with 10 eggs
Males are polygamous, mating with as many hens as they can. Male wild turkeys display for females by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. Their heads and necks are colored brilliantly with red, blue and white. The color can change with the turkey's mood, with a solid white head and neck being the most excited. They use gobbling, drumming/booming and spitting as signs of social dominance, and to attract females. Courtship begins during the months of March and April, which is when turkeys are still flocked together in winter areas.
At the beginning of the 20th century the range and numbers of wild turkeys had decreased due to hunting and loss of habitat. Game managers estimate that the entire population of wild turkeys in the United States was as low as 30,000 by the late 1930s.
Attempts to introduce the wild turkey to Britain as a game bird in the 18th century were not successful. George II is said to have had a flock of a few thousand in Richmond Park near London, but they were too easy for localpoachers to destroy, and the fights with poachers became too dangerous for the gamekeepers. They were hunted with dogs and then shot out of trees where they took refuge. Several other populations, introduced or escaped, have survived for periods elsewhere in Britain and Ireland, but seem to have died out, perhaps from a combination of lack of winter feed and poaching. Small populations, probably descended from farm as well as wild stock, in the Czech Republic and Germany have been more successful, and there are wild populations of some size following introductions in Hawaii and New Zealand.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_turkey So in brief...modern farmed turkeys are nothing naturally like their wild ancestors. THEY CANNOT FLY being the most obvious natural freak change. they could not survive in the wild as a species today. Wild Turkeys have become more or less extinct.
Like all species of breeds of animals that humans have interfered with nature with...dogs...cats...rabbits...chickens...pigs..cows...sheep...goats...all the animals "used" by humans have been bred selectively for unnatural aspects in terms of looks and shapes and behaviours.
There is NOTHING NATURAL about the human designed pet breeds or farm animal breeds. The ducks, geese turkeys have lost the ability to FLY that is so essential to the real wild turkeys. A modern broiler chicken is a freak of nature grown to adult size by age 6 weeks when killed...lives for that short period in pain, as legs unable to support the weight of the heavy body and organs like the heart under pressure and pain.
The Festival of Lights of Hannukah 8 days celebration ended on 20th December 2017 with appropriately 4 hen Turkeys aged 6 months old from an Organic Soil Association Certified Farm in Rhug Wales. On the not 1st day of Christmas...my true love did not say to me...get a rescue black kitten...but ? I did ! I was in Capricorn Charity Shop in small town North Wales (Cymru pronounced Kimroo and Gog means northerner a term used by the Southern Welsh to refer to the North Welsh as Gogs an abbreviation for a long word meaning Northerner...the Welsh are also called Taffies by the English...) anyway...the shop said ooh their rescue was just 10 minutes drive away...so ...with a lotta snow and ice and detours I found them and hence Midnight was adopted and became vegan at once. Now it was the turn of the Turkeys !
I had in desperation thinking where can I get to rescue a few turkeys at least this festival of death period ? thinking of the sorrow and fear of each of those many many poor animals when they smell the smell of death at the machine operated slaughter houses...where their necks are not cut efficiently as animals hanging by their legs struggle of course in fear to escape so they die painfully and slowley confused never knowing WHY. There is no WHY...their lives their bodies are NOT needed for any of us to live healthy lives.
About 2 weeks ago...i googled Turkey Farm Wales...and fell on this Rhug website. I noted the phone number and rang. A few passing me on to someone else moments as i explained what I wanted...some LIVE Turkeys...at first they said none left...then suddenly someone said the last order awaiting collection was of 20 turkeys and 5 extra had been kept as a "contingency" in case any died in the cold snap were were having...snow and ice a couple of days. I said ooh please can I have them ? and the lady said yes...call in a week on the Tuesday...so I did...and they said 4 were available the 5th the customer had taken as a contingency also.
I had to call to delay until the Wednesday morning as Veggiepets Damion talked with me for 1.5 hours at least on subjects to do with vegan dog and cat foods ...and it was getting dark by the time that call was over...but never fear ! The dogs and I drove off into the wilds of Wales and with the satnav found the huge complex and farm shop and friendly people petted my dogs and Gareth put the 4 turkey hens into the car.
I have to admit I was not sure that these turkey would be mine...so I had not actually prepared their accomodation lol...so the 1st night they spent in the car. Nice and spacious. We had visited Rug Chapel not actually open to the public but interesting to walk around in the grounds with the welsh hills around in sight.
A bit of flapping wings commotion in the car occasionally...but the birds drank and ate with ease ...
The Field the Free Range Turkeys had lived in before slaughtered killed age 6 months old.
Rug Chapel Visit Corwen Near Rhug Farmshop complex
My Lithuanian Candle House hand made pottery incense burner from Chester Christmas Markets fills nice smells in the house
Cleaning up and eating turkey poops for vegan dogs
The sheepdog Belgian Shepherd Groenendael Vegan Dogs Chiens de Berger Belges Belgische Herdershond Groenendaeler stay watching their flock/gaggle of turkeys
Then 2 days not even that later...all this fuss over enclosure as usual I realised was a neurotic waste of time ...except for night time foxes etc protection needs.
The Vegan Belgian Shepherd Groenendael Dogs like all good Police dogs stood guard over their charges especially at night dogs and animals are much more alert and on guard...no strange dog or human comes into the cul de sac without a warning call to me...
the biggest Belgian Shepherd in the World at 76cm to shoulder height and 46kg Vegan Groenendael Dog is a gentle giant but do not mess with his duty clear..
Marlene Narrow yep this is just the start as they say ! someone asked...how long do turkeys live normally ? in nature, the turkey's athletic prowess is impressive. Wild turkeys can fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour and run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. The natural lifespan of the turkey is up to 10 years, but on factory farms they are slaughtered when they're just 5 months old. When not forced to live on filthy factory
Noelle Obcarskas You are appreciated! And proof that it will all work out. They are safe, happy, and free.
their bedroom again was the car...tomorrow i will fix their enclosure bedroom in the back yard lol. and steam clean the car. i put a wood fence panel in for them tonight. the neighbours said...where is their run ? i said well havn't sorted that yet..the car will have to do another night...talk about putting not the cart before the horse but the turkeys before an enclosure...well at least they are ... See More
the enclosure started small...the i doubled the size...didnt want rushing around flapping feathers...and all went to plan.
Marlene Narrow oh the neighbours asked...what is going on xmas day...i was in the pub with the dogs...i said TOFURKY DINNER PICNIC TABLE on the front lawn...with mulled hot wine and cherry welsh liquor..turkeys dogs kitten and humans can all have a bite togther...the lady said wht is tofurkey ? i said plant tofu that has texture and absorbs spices etc...i said i would get a ready made one as i cannot cook...i said i have never tried tofurkey or tofu...i have given it my dogs a couple of times when ran out of their vegan kibble...so...i had music playing..and sat drinking coffee doing the Socialisation of turkeys today...yep...then demolished the enclosure in one move...i really am useless.
Noelle Obcarskas lol
lost her a while too...had to ask my dogs to find her...she had gone back in the house lol...my dogs...have to find...my camera...wallet...car keys...handbag...kitten...and anything else i mislay lol.
the MENACE lol...the kitten lol
the dogs just lay watching in the car lol
that is the 11 week old rescue kitten lol...that SPOOKS turkeys lol !
i am so impressed by these hen turkeys...they are curious...and not so nervy about me have been stroking them today out of the car...they are most spooked a bit by ? the KITTEN lol ! hilarious...and...when i put the FIRST one in the car for the night and went to get another...WHAT A RACKET OF CALLING she made..and the others REPLIED also calling loud cheeps...they really did not like being separated i realised...they are quite heavy ...they loved the grass...and tomorrow is the last day of enclosure...then ? it is freedom ...and just fingers crossed my dogs deal with any issues lol...they usually block and hold animals by posturing in place while i approach to pick them up...based on previous animals dealt with...
22nd December 2017..Friday...Fridays are for Black...Cats..Fridays..Turkeys...Dogs...
It is amazing how much longer everything takes when only 1 pair of hands...to lift fences or just do anything physical...I struggled again all day just trying to do a make-shift shelter and enclosure for the 4 turkeys to free my car of them to allow me to sort the back and get them a proper enclosure ...anyway...perserverence was needed and when the structure of make-shift small fencing collapsed for the umpteenth time on the birds...they walked...out of this mess..and ignored me...and actually it was much easier to do without them in it lol...i dragged a huge fence panel ..a disused old small wheelie bin metal case...and re -arranged as best i could alone balancing the falling bits as quickly as I could before they fell down again and made me start all over again. 1 hour all that would have taken...had I had another pair of hand to just help me but such is life.
The turkeys headed for my honeysuckles...roses and fuschias lol..not far...and cheeped with pleasure. However if they are separated they call to each other louder...cheeps become more urgent...they certainly have a strong sense of numbers...and picking them up one by one separating them stresses them very definitely
The kitten..spooks them the most lol...a tiny mouse or rat size little creature and these huge birds are nervy at the sight of her lol..the black devil dogs were on guard duty...and as dusk arrived they were more alert to any strange dogs seen in the distance on the main road...deep barks sent out .even the pug next door who went out in her garden got barked at through the fence...no dog was wanted anywhere near their charges the turkeys.
This was the final achievement after a full day of effort lol...but easy to see handling just one person long pieces of such fencing is a logistical time consuming matter alone. I did well enough.
This was one of too many "collapses" of the fencing...the turkeys lost patience and wamdered off to investigate the flower beds...honeysuckles..roses...fuschias..
ah a WONDERFUL parseley plant...
Black Bronze Free Range Turkeys Free in Pulford Chester Cheshire England near Rossett Wales Cyrmu
oh dear...the turkey hens decided to investigate indoors..saw the kitten going in and out of there...and headed there...
Midnight the 11 week old rescue kitten from Capricorn near Mold and Wrexham north Wales Cymru spooked them out of the porch lol...
Now i was sat outside listening to music eating my beans on toast supper with the turkeys gurgling quietly pecking their food ..the dogs resting watchful...when a van of drainage plumbing services drove into the cul de sac...I was curious...the men went to several houses in our street as the sewage drains had blocked in 2 of the houses. Turns out...too little water flow was and is responsible for such bockages..people taking showers and putting water reduction sacks in their toilet cisterns are reducing the water flow so blockages more common. I said well all that nonsense of saving water by showers not baths and a few gallons of water from less toilet water flushes...and all this result of hassle...when eating 1 hamburger uses gallons of water...stop eating animal products to save water is much more sensible this is peanuts small potatoes stuff in comparison.
It takes more than 1,000 gallons of water a day per person to produce the food (and drinks) in the average U.S. diet, according to several sources. More than 53 gallons of water go into making 1 cup of orange juice, for example. Just to get a sense of how much water goes into growing and processing
2400 litres/ 634 gallons of water for one hamburger! Most of the water is needed for producing the beef contained in the hamburger.
The average person uses 101.5 gallons of water Per day other than food water usage. Here’s How:
1 bath per day = 36 gallons.
1 shower per day = 20 gallons
Toilet flushes per day 20 gallons.
PEANUTS ! compared to eating 1 HAMBURGER which used 2400 litres/ 634 gallons of water !
10/13/2014 03:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017
So exactly how much water do the foods you eat require? Which food would win in a water use showdown? We’ve got the answers below, along with some helpful hints about reducing the water footprint of your diet.
All data come from Water Footprint Network’s website and reports on the global average water footprint of different foods. All winners are based on the gallons of water needed to produce a pound of each item or a gallon of each drink.
Tea vs. Coffee
Winner: Tea is the winner at 108 gallons of water per gallon of brewed tea. Coffee requires almost 10 times as much water, using 1,056 gallons of water per gallon of brewed coffee.
Wine vs. Beer
Winner: Beer at 296 gallons of water per gallon of beer. It takes 872 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of wine. But if you look at standard servings of each, the race gets closer with about 28 gallons of water needed for 12 fluid ounces of beer and 34 gallons of water needed for 5 fluid ounces of wine.
Beef vs. Chicken
Winner: Chicken at 518 gallons of water per pound. Beef requires the most water, at 1,847 gal./lb., followed by sheep at 1,248 gal./lb. and pork at 718 gal./lb. If you’re going to eat meat, go with chicken. Better yet try eggs, which take 395 gal./lb., or plant based protein. For dairy products, cheese and butter take more than milk at 381 gal./lb. and 665 gal./lb. respectively. Milk by itself uses only 122 gallons of water per pound.
Tofu vs. Lentils
Winner: Tofu at 302 gal./lb. It takes 704 gallons of water to produce one pound of lentils. Chickpeas require less than lentils at 501 gal./lb., and soybeans require less than the more processed tofu, at 257 gal./lb. All of these options are better than eating beef, sheep or pork.
Some will argue that the measurement of gallons per pound isn’t fair — we should consider water consumed per gram of protein. In this case, pulses (including beans, lentils, peas, etc.) win out at 5 gallons per gram of protein, followed by eggs at 7.7 gal./gram, milk at 8.2 gal./gram, and chicken at 9 gal./gram. The numbers only go up from there, with beef topping the scale, requiring 29.6 gallons of water per gram of protein.
Rice vs. Pasta
Winner: Pasta at 222 gal./lb. But rice isn’t too far away, requiring 299 gallons of water per pound of processed rice. Bread (made from wheat) takes 193 gal./lb. and barley consumes 237 gal./lb.
Oats vs. Potatoes
Winner: Unprocessed potatoes at 34 gal./lb. It takes 290 gallons of water to produce one pound of rolled or flaked oats. Sweet potatoes also take less water, using 46 gal./lb., while unprocessed corn requires 146 gal./lb.
Hazelnuts and Walnuts vs. Almonds and Cashews
Winner: Hazelnuts and walnuts at 1,260 gal./lb. and 1,112 gal./lb. respectively. That’s still a lot of water! But almonds and cashews take more, averaging 1,929 gal./lb. and 1,704 gal./lb. It takes 1,362 gallons of water to produce one pound of pistachios.
Figs vs. Raisins and Dates
Winner: Raisins and dates at 292 gal./lb. and 273 gal./lb. respectively, though all three of these take more water than most fruits. Figs require the most — producing one pound of figs requires 401 gallons of water.
Stone Fruit vs. Citrus
Winner: Citrus, at 67 gal./lb. for oranges, 61 gal./lb. for grapefruit and 77 gal./lb. for lemons. Plums require 261 gal./lb., apricots 154 gal./lb. and peaches 109 gal./lb. Avocados are also higher on the list at 141 gal./lb., while apples, bananas, grapes, and kiwis all take less than 100 gal./lb. Strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon require less than 50 gallons of water per pound of fruit.
Broccoli vs. Asparagus
Winner: Broccoli at a scant 34 gal./lb., along with cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Asparagus is the water hog of the veggies, requiring 258 gallons of water per pound.
Olives vs. Garlic
Winner: Garlic at 71 gal./lb. Olives require 361 gal./lb.
Tomato vs. Eggplant
Winner: Tomato at 26 gal./lb. Eggplant requires a still quite low 43 gal./lb. Artichokes cucumbers, and lettuce require 98 gal./lb., 42 gal./lb. and 28 gal./lb., respectively.
Though we’ve shown them here to illustrate how much water vegetable farming uses, there really are few losers when it comes to veggies. In general, they consume far less water than animal products, nuts and grains.
Olive Oil vs. Corn, Sunflower and Soybean Oil
Winner: Everything beats olive oil, which requires 1,729 of water per pound to produce. That’s more then all oils except castor oil. Corn oil takes 309 gal./lb., sunflower 814 gal./lb. and soybean 502 gal./lb. If you’re a fan of coconut oil you’re in luck, as it is also relatively low on the scale. One pound requires 538 gallons of water.
Chocolate vs. Vanilla
Winner: Chocolate at 2,061 gal./lb., but this sadly still takes more water to produce than beef. Though we doubt you’ll be eating a pound of chocolate any time soon. Cocoa powder takes 1,874 gal./lb. Vanilla beans top the charts at 15,159 gal./lb., though they are usually used in very small quantities.
Cinnamon vs. Mint
Winner: Peppermint wins, taking only 35 gallons of water to produce one pound. One pound of cinnamon requires 1,860 gallons. Ginger requires 199 gal./lb.
Remember, what’s important here is recognizing that our food makes up a big part of our water footprint. In fact, general trends are more illustrative than knowing exactly which foods have the lowest numbers. Eating fewer animal products and more plant products will reduce your water footprint, as will eating less-processed foods. For example, potato chips have more than three times the water footprint of potatoes, and ketchup takes twice as much as tomatoes. The same is also true of grains and dairy products — milk is far less water intense than cheese and butter.
Of course, these measurements are by pound, and we think it’s unlikely you would consume the same weight in ketchup as you would whole tomatoes. The Water Footprint Network also suggests choosing high water intensity products that are grown or produced in areas that do not have water scarcity problems, if making changes to your diet proves difficult.
Curious about foods we didn’t cover? Click here to view the full reports on crops andanimal products.
Note: All units were converted from liters per kilogram to U.S gallons per pound.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article said avocados take 237 gallons of water per pound produced. That number is actually 141 gallons/pound.
Back to TURKEYS
WHY are the FESTIVALS OF DEATH Christmas and Thanks Giving obsessed with TURKEY KILLING AND EATING ?
"A 2015 survey which found that nearly 90% of individuals in the UK believed that eating a turkey was an integral part of Christmas day. This is disappointing news to hear at a time when we should be encouraging people to keep animals off their plates: surely compassion is in keeping with the spirit of the season?"
according toDefra’s own statistics, 90% of consumed turkeys are raised in windowless sheds, with as many as 25,000 turkeys crammed into one shed at a time. This is contrary to what some supermarkets would have you believe. For instance, one Bernard Matthews ‘free-range’ turkey farm boasts RSPCA accreditation, conjuring up an image of happy, healthy birds, when in fact an undercover investigation reveals quite a different story. Even if the turkey has lived a ‘free-range’ life, it will have been a short one. In the wild, turkeys can live up to 10 years, but sadly hens only make it to 9-11 weeks, and stags 19-24 weeks before meeting their inevitable fate. And, on average, 10% of them do not even make it that far. Many expire before making it to slaughter, often due to their poor living conditions.
Although the number of turkeys killed in the UK has declined over the past decade, the nation’s voracious appetite has resulted in 16 million turkeys being sent to slaughter last year alone, with 10 million of them killed for the Christmas market. The largest producer, Bernard Matthews, slaughters up to 50,000 turkeys a day in the run up to Christmas: around100 birds a minute.
When presenting these facts to omnivores, we may hear back that veganism is too expensive for them to try. They might be concerned that plant sources of protein are unaffordable and inaccessible in comparison to animal sources. This statement often refers to vegan analogues to meat and dairy, and assumes that vegans shop exclusively in health food shops. Vegan foods don’t have to be expensive. Fruits, vegetables, high fibre starchy foods and legumes are significant elements of a balanced vegan diet, and provide a lot of nutritional bang for your buck!
It is true, however, that meat can be cheap, too cheap. Myself and many others want everyone to forgo all animal products for ethical reasons. However, even leaving these important considerations aside, the health and environmental considerations alone should see the price of many meats go up dramatically to compensate for the harm and damage caused by this industry, as suggested in a recent Nature journal article.
"The largest producer, Bernard Matthews, slaughters up to 50,000 turkeys a day in the run up to Christmas: around 100 birds a minute."
So why is meat cheap? The costs can be kept down in a number of ways. One way would be to engage in intensive farming practices, as mentioned earlier. This makes up the majority of turkey farms. We all, if only indirectly, subsidise the slaughter and sale of turkeys on an industrial scale at an absurdly low price tag. Another way to keep costs down is for the supermarket to sell the meat of turkeys at a loss, which is a tried and tested way of getting people into the store to buy the rest of their festive haul. This is why grocery stores keep the cost of promotional frozen turkeys as low as possible. They can afford to absorb the loss because they know that the consumer will end up making up the difference on other more inflated products in store. The cost of production can also be kept down through farmers receiving subsidies, which are paid by the taxpayer. There have been many calls to remove blanket farming subsidies, and instead only pay money to farmers who provide public goods which can demonstrate clear benefits to the environment; something animal farms cannot typically do.
But now for some good news to get you back in the holiday spirit. Earlier this year, The Vegan Society commissioned an Ipsos Mori survey which found that the number of vegans in Britain has risen from 125,000 to over half a million in the over the past decade. We also know that nearly half the population either do not eat meat, have reduced the amount of meat they eat, or are considering reducing the amount of meat they eat in the next year. There has been steady growth in the number of people going vegan, and it is showing no sign of slowing. But there is plenty more to be done.
If you are trying to encourage your friends and family to go vegan but they need some motivation, then suggest that they take our 30 Day Vegan Pledge over the holiday period: with tips, recipes and advice, they can feel accomplished that they got a head start over the masses who’ll be taking it for their New Year’s resolution. If you're not yet vegan yourself, make sure you also take the Pledge over the break, and have a guilt-free indulgence. The most common response that we receive here at The Vegan Society is that Pledge takers find it a lot easier than they thought it would be, and I’m sure a great many of you will agree. After all, a large proportion of our Christmas meal is already vegan: stuffing, roast potatoes, vegetables, vegetable gravy, cranberry sauce. Only a couple of substitutions are needed, like grabbing a box of Tofurky or a festive nut roast. You can check out our special occasions recipe section for more ideas that your friends and family will love. So let’s encourage those around us to join millions of others in having a very merry vegan Christmas or a happy holidays!
By Tom Kuehnel
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Thankyouchrismatheson ...is his name. Rescue turkey.
Departure of Male rescue Turkey Thank You Chris Matheson age 4 months old from Rhug Wales Cymru and arrival in Pulford, Chester.
Bronze organic turkeys from Rhug Wales/Cymru (Rhug pronounced Reek and Cymru pronounced kumree) adopted by Cestrian Pulford Chester to live with 2 vegan dogs 1 vegan cat and myself.
He seems to have much more powerful legs and wings eek was on the garden table at once stage !
Unfortunately only 1 saved...pic of the ones i left behind to their fate later in a few months. Death. For no good reason. The ones left behind.
1 of the turkey hens...xmas...tends to sleep alone...she is the more sick one i spend more time stroking and medicating for her respiratory and arthritis in legs health problems.10gbp per 1kg cost ! he weight in at nearly 10kg age 4 months ! same weight the turkey hens were each age 6 months when I got them last xmas.
I hope he does not fly over the garden fence ! the turkey hens cannot fly they just flap their wings and do a few feeble inches off the ground if that. Their ancestors of course could fly 25 miles at a time. These are bred too heavy for human use/abuse of course.
Name suggested by a Cestrian ex Londoner was Chris Matheson ! i had thought to call him Thank you...for Thanksgiving association of that horrible "tradition" of killing masses of turkeys for some celebration of what should be harvests of plant healthy foods...the future is VEGAN ! so he is to be called...Thankyouchrismatheson !
more pictures of the Male Turkey Thankyouchrismatheson.....here...Black_Christmas_Bronze_Turkeys_Vegan_Activists_page2.html
Now. I think like most vegans that IGNORANCE is why anyone doesn't make CHANGES needed to anything in our lives. I like most was IGNORANT of even the way cows milk didn't just flow on tap without producing babies that were taken away AT ONCE and KILLED ! or that male baby chickens are ground up ALIVE as part of the EGG industry ! this is barbaric ! but when you don't realise...that animals bred today are FREAKS that suffer pain in chests and legs as part of the norm of their aweful purpose of existence we human farmers have done to get more money out of these verbally handicapped living creatures...well...ignorance about WE DONT NEED THEM AS FOOD even as it is POISONING us...
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Page Sections will include...with HUMOUR and PICTURES and VIDEOS...LINKS mostly to useful further readings...regarding vegan,veganism,information,reasons,links,animals,cruelty,food,health,diet,environment,starvation
How and why I personally became/went Vegan...
Millennials Driving the Future Move to a Vegan World Children of the Future
Wildlife_extinction_decline_Animal_Agriculture_Causes (land used to grow GMO farm animal food, excrement pollution of water killing marine life, climate change)
GOT THE VEGAN TSHIRT ! VEGAN SWEATSHIRT AND VEGAN HOODIE ! where I found my favorites...practical !
VEGAN VULTURE ! Gypohierax angolensisPalm Nut Vulture.
Fun stuff...how one UK Supermarket Tesco desperately tries to save the falling massively dairy industry rip off cruel unhealthy industry with misleading adverts lol !
Health Reasons Facts for Veganism and a special page for Where do you/ I get your/my Protein from ?
Environmental Reasons for Veganism
WHY NOT VEGAN arguments and reasons given
Religious Reasons for Veganism in 1 word it is COMPASSION/LOVE..start page...16th feb 2017
Vegan Food Labelling in UK British Supermarkets...7th March 2017 in one word..is a "MESS". Label with "WHITE V and word VEGAN underneath" or buy Raw and learn to cook delicious food and spirulla it.
Vegan Organisations Links
VALENTINES day, Easter Egg and other Vegan Chocolates
Vegan Books Vegan Cooking Books and Vegan Guides Free, Cheap and Normal prices
Vegan Cats and Dogs Thriving on healthy Vegan plant based food
FOOD ! British SUPERMARKET pictures of Vegan Food Finds lol ! started 6th Mar 2017 to sort out more...
Vegan Events Festivals Vegfests 2017
Other page links to come, vegan athletes, vegan videos of animal agriculture realities, famous people vegans etc
One to tickle the fancy started.. Living Role model .Body Builder Personal Trainer Hin Chun Chui
Industry Specific Pages to be done...Dairy, Meat, Poultry, Fish, Insects, Clothing Fur and Leather, Cosmetics
Mostly simple MEME PICTURE pages with clear concise messages and links to other pages of information facts
Milk_Dairy_Industry_Realities Fish Realities
Poultry Chicken Duck Quail Turkey Pheasant Grouse Farm Realities
Those are the NICE pages, then there are THE DARK SIDE PAGES. Links to show the hidden truths and realities.
The Dark Side. Meet your Meat, Fish, Milk and Egg realities.
Meat and using animals is a choosing to make a choice to kill someone else...that involves taking away choice...from the victim.
Peace on Earth...starts with removing VIOLENCE from our plates. Christma, Xmas, Hannuka etc religious festivals if celebrations of DEATH on PLATES are irrelevant. Peace_on_Earth.html
Webpage created start date 12th Feb 2017. It doesn't matter what we think most people currently think or do...if we think we can do something good even if we think it small and insignificant...it makes a difference. As the fairy queen said to Frodo in the Lord of the Rings...even the smallest person in the world can make a difference. ONE makes a difference. of about 11 thousand killed land animals and 10 thousand marine animals totalling 22 THOUSAND ANIMALS BRED AND KILLED for 1 human flesh eater lifetime, just for FOOD ! Totally unnecessarily. Just to put a FIGURE to what 1 PERSON can achieve ! SUCCESS !
Every time we refuse to buy a dead animal product we affect the future avoidable deaths of those bred in the future. Vote with our Wallets and Demand Non Animal, Healthy, Natural Food as much as possible.