04 October 2010

Ellen DeGeneres announced as spokesperson for Adopt-A-Turkey Project

Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out for turkeys this autumn. She is urging Americans to adopt a turkey through Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project instead of eating a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The project is an annual program that launched this October and seeks to offer a compassionate alternative to the misery of commercially-raised turkeys.

"Save a life this Thanksgiving, and join me in starting a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one through Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project," says DeGeneres.

For a one-time adoption fee of $30, adopters will receive an Adopt-A-Turkey certificate featuring a color photo and details of the adopted turkey. The donations help Farm Sanctuary educate and advocate for turkeys and other farm animals. This year’s adoptable turkeys are Daphne, Harley, Jordan, Kima, Reese, and Velma.

Farm Sanctuary has saved more than 1,000 turkeys with the Adopt-a-Turkey Project and adopted out hundreds to loving, forever homes through its annual adoption event, Turkey Express.

Between 250 and 300 million turkeys are raised for slaughter in the U.S. every year. The factory farm conditions are horrible- birds never see the light of day or feel dirt between their toes. They are packed by the thousands in dark warehouses and they are debeaked and detoed. The birds are bred to reach a crippling weight unnaturally fast. Turkeys and other birds are excluded from the Humane Slaughter Act, which requires animals to be stunned before slaughter, leading them to have brutal ends to miserable lives.

Kristen McFarland | @cinestress
Kristen is passionate about animal rights and film. She has a degree in electronic media and spends her time working as a sideshow performer and a photographer.

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