Turkeys

  • Approximately 4 million turkeys are bred and killed each year in Ireland.
  • Female turkeys are made pregnant by artificial insemination.
  • Turkeys have been bred to grow very large in a short space of time.  They can suffer from a range of illnesses such as lameness, broken legs, ulcers, diseases and pain resulting from debeaking.  (See:  Compassion in World Farming:  Turkeys).
  • Turkeys are slaughtered at around 6 months.  Their natural lifespan is around 10-12 years.
  • Turkeys are intelligent, sensitive creatures.
  • In the wild they run, fly, dust-bathe, care for their young and communicate using a sophisticated range of vocalisations.
  • More about the treatment of turkeys on farms here.