Ten 4-week-old turkeys will only know love and kindness at their new sanctuary home, Edgar’s Mission, a farm sanctuary in Victoria, Australia.

Pam Ahern, the Founder and Director of the sanctuary, recently got a call about two cardboard boxes outside of the farm’s front gate. Not knowing quite what to expect, Pam went out to see … and found ten baby turkeys waiting for her!

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While the turkeys will thankfully never end up on someone’s plate, Pam notes that they cannot be saved them from their genetics. To meet supply demands on factory farms, turkeys are bred to grow at an unnatural rate that can be damaging to their health. Pam also shows how the bird’s toes and beaks were cut off without any anesthesia while in the farm, as a way to stop them from scratching other birds when they become frustrated from confinement.

Turkeys are sensitive, highly intelligent and social creatures. They have personalities as distinct and varied as cat or dogs. Turkeys have also been known to make a cat-like “purr” when they are feeling relaxed and content. Despite this, turkeys are subjected to horrible, cramped, and unsanitary conditions. Around 99 percent of turkeys raised in the U.S. come from factory farms. What’s even worse is that turkeys at so-called “free range” or “organic” farms generally aren’t treated any better.

If you’d like to support Edgar’s Mission and the amazing work they do on behalf of farm animals, click here. And please share this story of these ten baby turkeys to help spread awareness that turkeys are for loving, not eating!

Lead image source: Edgar’s Mission  

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