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November 23, 2017 - GruntVegan


Turkeys are sentient beings

Turkeys are sentient beings

Turkeys as well as octopuses, birds, dogs, horses, rabbits, fish and many other non-human living creatures are sentient.

Sentient individuals, both human and non-human, have an interest in avoiding pain and staying alive. Our fellow earthlings also experience life, and live through their senses, and through their connections to their environment and to others. They have needs and preferences, are capable of joy, of experiencing satisfaction, of devotion to their offspring, of forming deep bonds with other beings.

On July 7, 2012, a prominent group of international scientists formally acknowledged that non-human animals are sentient, and that "humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates." This was documented in the landmark Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness.

Every year in the US, carnists are responsible for killing almost 300 million turkeys for their flesh. 

According to PETA, turkeys raised on factory farms are hatched in large incubators and after only a few weeks are moved to "filthy, windowless sheds with thousands of other turkeys, where they will spend the rest of their lives.

"To keep the birds from killing one another in such stressful, crowded conditions, parts of the turkeys’ toes and beaks are cut off, as are the males’ snoods. (The snood is the flap of skin under the chin.) All this is done without any pain relievers."

A plant-based vegan diet consumes no animals or animal products.


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