I was typing this and it disappeared, if part of this posts twice, I'm sorry.
As some of you know, I am a vegan living in the middle of farm/livestock Carolina territory. (Boy do I stick out, lol)
We all hear and read about the steriods and growth products that they feed to 'slaughterable' animals to promote growth and weight gain, but SEEING it first hand, is a whole different ball game.
So, last week for Senior Prank night at the school, the kids got a Turkey out of one of the parents turkey barns and were going to turn it loose in the school. They wisely decided against it. Then the 'problem' became, what to do with Turkey that they had named Lurkey. Some suggested turning him loose in the woods, my son vetoed that idea, knowing he would never survive the Coyotes. So, after much discussion, I received a phone call to tell me,,,,,"ummmm..............so..........I am bringing you home a pet." A pet? At 12:30 at night? Yep, you guessed it, Lurkey the Turkey came home to live.
When he pulled him out of the crate, it was like "WOW"......he is still a 'toddler' by age, but he is HUGE. His feet are bigger than my hands and he is just huge.
Anyhow.........they pump these birds full of everything (steroids, growth promoters, etc) so that that reach 30 pounds in 3 months. That is in no way normal growth for anything. Their life expectancy is short becasue of the rapid growth and they are known to have leg problems/broken legs from the extreme weight.
He also was snow white from head to feet, literally.........because they are kept confined in barns under artificial lighting with no fresh air, per say, and no sunlight. They are also known to have leg/feet problems because they are forced to gain weight so quickly that their feet and lets dont always adjust. Many end up with broken legs because of this.
Since Lurkey has come to live with us, his head, and guzzle have turned the most beautiful red (naturally colored) and his feet are now a beautiful golden yellow. He is so ugly, he is cute.
BUT, he is not being processed for bologna, bacon, gound meat, etc. He has fresh air, clean scratch, pure water and the dogs are terrified of him and goats think he stinks and the horses can't figure him out. It is funny.
Did I need a pet Turkey? No...........am I incredibly proud of my 17 year old for bringing him home instead of some of the other options the kids discusses? YES! Will he stay with us, for however long he lives? Of course...
So, Lurkey the Turkey will live out his life, with us, and be happy. When I go out to feed in mornings, he is the first one to start "talking' to me, wanting me to feed him first. He loves his bread treats and all of attention he gets.
Not bad, for a bird that was destined for slaughter and never knew a life, to what he has now.
Bottom line, it is amazing to see how big he is at such a young age, and to learn HOW they get them so large, so fast and what the meat eaters are putting into their bodies. YUK!
Can you say chemically grown, chemically produced and so unhealthy?
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