Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary (FFAS)
November 2020
Meet Our Two New Rescues

Earlier this month we rescued two turkeys, Burke and Stella. These two will live out the rest of their lives here, safe at Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Burke and Stella formed an instant bond, and they can be found walking side by side all day long.

They are so happy to be free. They follow us around like little puppies! Read below about what we saved them from.

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Lisa Miskella


Meet Adorable Stella

Stella is a broad breasted white turkey, raised for meat and just few months old. She was rescued from a turkey farm.

She has been debeaked, which is an extremely painful process of cutting the beak to prevent cannibalism, due to the fact they are kept in such close quarters.

Her feathers are in rough shape from being constantly pecked at. She was shaking from fear when she arrived at the Sanctuary.
Meet Handsome Burke

Burke is a young blue slate turkey, raised for meat. He was shy when he first arrived at FFAS, but now he loves showing off his tail feathers while strutting around the farm.
The Life of a Turkey

  • Each turkey has less than one square foot to live until they are slaughtered at four and a half months old.

  • Three hundred million turkeys are killed in the U.S. each year, 46 million for Thanksgiving alone.

  • Baby turkeys are hatched in large incubators and will never meet their mothers.

  • After only a few weeks, turkeys are moved to large, windowless sheds ...which they will share with thousands of other turkeys. They will spend the rest of their lives there.

  • To keep turkeys from killing each other, because they are in such tight quarters, parts of their toes and beaks are cut off—without painkillers.

  • Turkeys are bred, drugged, and genetically manipulated to grow as large as possible as quickly as possible.

  • In 1970, the average turkey raised for meat weighed 17 pounds. Today, turkeys average 28 pounds.

  • Because of this artificial manipulation, turkeys’ legs often break beneath them.

  • At 5 to 6 months old, turkeys are sent to the slaughterhouse. In the wild, they can live to be 10 years old.

  • When they get to the slaughterhouse, turkeys are hung upside down by their legs, which often break during the process.

  • Then their heads are dunked into electrified water ... before their throats are slit.