For many Canadians, 2022’s Thanksgiving will be the first in three years without pandemic restrictions, and Google Trends data reveals a flurry of activity as people search for the best vegan turkey roasts, tasty stuffing recipes and how to make plant-based pumpkin pie to share with their families.
Thanksgiving in Canada takes place on October 10, and with so many vegan options available, it is easy to spare turkeys and prepare a plant-based feast.
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Spare a Turkey this Thanksgiving
Turkeys are curious, friendly, and sensitive birds with big personalities. But in Canada, over 18 million turkeys were killed for food last year alone—many of them destined for Thanksgiving meals.
Undercover footage has exposed brutal conditions, abusive transport, and botched killing in the turkey industry. In one exposé of a Kitchener, Ontario turkey farm, workers were seen punching, throwing, and kicking birds, hitting them with metal rods and shovels, and crushing their spines.
And footage from a turkey slaughterhouse in Abbotsford, British Columbia shows painful, botched killings. Multiple turkeys are improperly stunned, thus fully conscious when their throats were slit with a metal blade. Many birds missed the blade, and were then dragged vats full of boiling water to remove their feathers. This killing process is standard in the turkey industry.
Disturbingly, there are no federal regulations protecting turkeys and other farmed animals from horrific suffering while on farms. And exposés of turkey farms are under threat from dangerous new agricultural gag (“ag gag”) law—seeking to punish animal protection advocates who expose widespread animal suffering behind the closed doors of farms. Animal Justice is challenging Ontario’s ag gag law in court. Speak up for turkeys this Thanksgiving by speaking out against ag gag laws.