Gotcha Day: 11/1/16
Samuel is our oldest turkey guy rescued with his Brother, Duncan, on World Vegan Day in 2016. Sadly, Duncan passed away in 2019.
Samuel and Duncan were born in the Spring of 2016 ~ their lives were going to be brutally ended in a celebration of thanks and gratitude.
Thankfully this barbaric act proved to be too difficult for those who raised them ~ gratefully they surrendered them into sanctuary to live an amazing life free from harm and an early death.
Samuel lives in the aviary, Patty’s Place where the bigger male birds live. Patty’s Place is currently home to four turkeys (Samuel, Clark,
Nigel & Johnny Cash), one rooster (Rumi) and a peacock (Indigo).
The 5th smaller turkey (Prajna) & one of the other roosters (Constantine) currently reside in with the hens.
Extending our circle of compassion to include all beings is the foundation of our work . If you can, please donate so that we can continue this amazing work ❤
Or even better, sponsor Samuel monthly for just $15 to ensure he gets all his favorites ~ fresh greens, blueberries, grapes, black oiled sunflower seeds and delicious melons plus all his other needs. Thank you!
Many people have never met a turkey in person, which can make it difficult to understand and appreciate these remarkable birds.
Those of us who have been fortunate enough to meet turkeys at a sanctuary would probably tell you, though, how smart, curious, and social these animals are, and how fun it is to get to know them.
In fact, just like the beloved dogs and cats with whom we share our homes, turkeys are individuals with unique personalities.
When given the freedom to just be turkeys, these playful birds enjoy building nests, roosting in trees, foraging for food, and taking dust baths. Turkeys enjoy socializing, and can even recognize another turkey by voice.
But on factory farms, turkeys endure miserable conditions, never stepping foot outside. They are unable to engage in most natural behaviors and are bred to grow so unnaturally large that they often suffer from painful and chronic health problems and are unable to mate naturally.
As a COK, Compassion Over Killing, investigation exposed, at turkey breeding factory farms female birds endure being grabbed by the legs, shackled upside down and artificially inseminated.
In 2015, an investigation by COK at a Foster Farms turkey hatchery revealed turkeys thrown around due to extreme processing speeds, baby birds enduring having their beaks or toes burned off without anesthesia, and sick and injured birds ground up alive or gassed to death.
Each year in the U.S., 300 million turkeys are slaughtered for food — more than 45 million for Thanksgiving alone.
The good news that makes us — and turkeys — thankful is that it’s easier than ever before to choose compassion and leave animals off our plates during the holidays and year-round.
Get started today at TryVeg.com.