Right on the heels of HSUS’ (Humane Society of the United States) report of battery cage hens at Cal-Maine Factory Farms, another HSUS undercover investigation — this time of turkey poults — is released to the public.
Willmar Poultry Company (WPC) is the largest turkey hatchery in the U.S., claiming 50% of all turkeys sold in supermarkets come from WPC. The factory farm produces about 600,000 turkey poults per week. That’s over 31 million per year.
In October of this year, for eleven days, an HSUS undercover investigator worked at WPC and documented the following:
The full HSUS report goes on to state — among other atrocities — their undercover investigator documented what appeared to be a rectal prolapse on one poult who was still alive, where the bleeding rectum was pushed out of the body.
Turkeys use their back toes for balance and ambulation. Beaks are needed for proper feeding, drinking and preening. The reason factory farm poults are de-toed and de-beaked is to prevent injury to other turkeys. Why? Because when living in such an unnaturally close proximity turkeys will result to cannibalism.
Wouldn’t it be more humane to give the turkeys enough space to live a normal life before being sent to slaughter? Of course — but that would cut into profits. Go vegan.
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