Just in Time for Thanksgiving, Eight Rescued Turkeys Arrive at Farm Sanctuary

WATKINS GLEN, NY – November 22, 2010 – Last Thursday, eight six-month-old turkeys from the Erie County SPCA in Tonawanda, New York arrived at the Watkins Glen-based New York Shelter of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. The turkeys, covered with mud and feces as a result of sparse care and inadequate housing, were surrendered to the SPCA two weeks ago by the family of a man who had bought the birds as poults to raise for meat. In the spirit of thankfulness that shines at this time of year, after the man abandoned the turkeys, his family decided to give them a second chance at life by calling the SPCA.

“The benevolence this family showed in sparing these eight turkeys from a life of suffering and violence is what Thanksgiving is all about,” said National Shelter Director Susie Coston. “When people spend time with these friendly, intelligent birds, they can’t help but want the best for them. I can’t think of a better way to give thanks this holiday season than by showing kindness to an animal in need.”

Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project seeks to end the suffering of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about their plight, and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday.

Those interested in home adoption, and who can provide refuge for two or more turkeys, are invited to contact Farm Sanctuary and apply to join its Farm Animal Adoption Network. Others can help provide rescued animals with feed, bedding and veterinary care, and advocate and educate on the animals’ behalf, by sponsoring a turkey living at Farm Sanctuary. For a one-time gift of $30, sponsors receive an “adoption” certificate, membership to Farm Sanctuary for one year, and a one-year subscription to the nonprofit’s quarterly magazine. To learn more about the Adopt-A-Turkey Project, please visit adoptaturkey.org or call 1-888-SPONSOR.

If you would like to speak with Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or [email protected].

Note to media: Photos of the rescued turkeys are available upon request.

About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.

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