Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

UK is No Paradise for Turkeys

Coming off of Thanksgiving in the US, I thought turkeys here had it rough. But it looks like turkeys in the UK don't have it much better. Such is the life of the corporate farm animal, I guess.

Most of the 17 million turkeys reared in the UK are subjected to poor welfare standards, the RSPCA warned.

The poultry industry's minimum standards are not good enough, according to the animal rights charity.

It says birds reared in the UK often are kept in cramped conditions which hampers their movement.

In addition, the majority of them are kept under very low lighting levels. This enables the birds to put on weight more quickly - but also puts them at risk of eye problems and even blindness, the RSPCA said.

Photo by Lee Turner.

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