Emotional Horrors of Turkeys

A new article from Psychology Today reveals the horrors that turkeys face each Thanksgiving.


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Psychology Today magazine published an article last week which details the cruelty turkeys undergo around Thanksgiving. Published on the magazine’s blog Animal Emotions, “The Thanksgiving Day Massacre: A House of Horrors” debunks the myth that turkeys are not sentient beings, citing research by animal-behavior expert Ian Duncan that shows the birds feel pain, fear, and stress. Writer Marc Bekoff concludes his piece by encouraging readers to adopt more compassionate Thanksgiving traditions; More than 45 million turkeys are killed for the holiday each year, contributing to the annual total of 300 million slaughtered.