Copyright © 2002 by Molly Biehl. All Rights Reserved
I'm emailing you today, my friend
Not just to say hello
tell you some important stuff
That I think you should know.
Thanksgivings coming soon you see
And tradition's a common sight
many people will be roasting turkeys
For their thanksgiving dinner that
But if everyone knew the truth about turkey
I'm sure this
tradition would die...
Because Tom Turkey's story is a sad one
might make you cry.
He is born on a factory farm,
A cage called a
shed is his new home.
He has only 3 feet to stretch his wings
stay in that cage until he's grown.
The farmer feeds him hormones,
To grow bigger than he should be.
Many turkeys have heart attacks
Because they wouldn't be that big naturally.
His knees hurt from his
And his feet are hurting too.
But that brings me to another
Do you know what the farmers do?
They get a hot blade and
cut off his beak
And some parts of his feet.
They don't want the
turkey's to peck or claw each other
And ruin the farmer's precious meat.
With his beak cut off, his feet mangled,
And his knees too weak to
Many turkeys die an early death
Of starvation or drowning in
their water pans.
If Tom turkey has made it this far
His fate has
now been sealed.
He's going to the slaughterhouse
To be killed for
your thanksgiving meal.
He's hung upside-down from his feet
stunned so he gets immobilized.
But Tom struggles because he's scared,
So he's conscious as he dies.
A machine then slits his throat,
if he dodges that too and survives,
Tom's a very unlucky turkey
Because he gets boiled in oil alive.
Tom's next step is to the store
Where he'll be bought and cooked for Thanksgiving
And when he's sitting
on your table
I hope you remember that he was once living.
year when the platters are passed around.
And you find a plate of turkey
in your hands
Turn to aunt Betsy, hand her the turkey
And ask her to
pass you the yams.